Residents of Bangor Ridge, Portland, will now have easier access to mail services, with the official opening of a new post office in that community on July 26.
Built at a cost of just over $1 million, the post office will serve approximately 600 residents in that community and the adjoining communities of Mahoe and Mount St. Bernard.
The project was funded jointly through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) allocation of Member of Parliament, the Hon. Daryl Vaz, as well as fundraising activities by the community. The CDF contributed over $900,000, and the community provided the remaining approximately $100,000.
Minister with Responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects and Member of Parliament for West Portland, Hon. Daryl Vaz,(far right), assists in the symbolic gesture of delivering mail to the first community resident to access the services of the new post office. At centre is Minister of State for Local Government in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, and Post Master for the Bangor Ridge Post Office, Janet Stamp. The occasion was the official opening of the facility in Bangor Ridge, Portland on Monday (July 26).
Speaking at the official opening function, Mr. Vaz, who is also the Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, said he was happy to assist the citizens in undertaking the initiative, which they had started a few years ago.
Mr. Vaz noted that prior to the completion of the post office, residents had to travel over 10 kilometres to the neighbouring community of Mahoe to access the service. He said it was these community efforts that deserved the assistance of the CDF, and lauded them for their determination in ensuring its completion, and the Bangor Ridge Anglican Church for facilitating the lease for the property.
“Take care of the facility, we only facilitated it, it is now your responsibility to keep it,” he said.
Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Hon. Robert Montague, urged the residents to identify other projects that would uplift and unify their community.
The new Bangor Ridge Post Office building which was officially opened on Monday (July 26). It was built at a cost of over $1M, jointly funded by the Member of Parliament for West Portland, Hon. Daryl Vaz through his Constituency Development Fund, and residents of the Bangor Ridge community.
He said, he was pleased with the community spirit displayed in making the post office a reality, and that Government was willing to work with them as partners to build their communities.
Post Mistress Janet Stamp said she was grateful for the new building, as it would enhance her ability to serve the public in a more comfortable environment.
Resident of Bangor Ridge, Vernal Patterson, said he was happy that the post office was now in his community.
“I do not have to walk two miles now to go to the office, I am so thankful for that,” he commented.