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House: bid to sell post office to be debated

The Bermuda Government's bid to sell off the Harrington Sound Post Office goes before legislators to debate in today's House of Assembly.

The building and its property could sell for $700,000 according to its sale and purchase agreement.

The discussion has wider implications for excess government properties, with Minister of Public Works Craig Cannonier telling MPs at last week's session that Harrington Sound's sale would serve as a pilot for others.

Two other post offices — St David's and Somerset Bridge — were closed in October 2014 in a move to trim government spending. Paget Post Office closed in May 2015.

The sale of the post office at Harrington Sound comes against a backdrop of concern within the service that jobs could be in jeopardy, and complaints from residents in parts of the island over unreliable mail deliveries.

Although the Government has called for a revamp of the island's postal service, other post offices are rumoured to be up for closure.

Meanwhile, Michael Dunkley is scheduled to address Parliament on his trip this week to New York, which included an address to insurance and reinsurance experts on the island's role in the market.

The Premier was also invited to ring the closing bell yesterday at the New York Stock Exchange. Up for discussion is a move by the Corporation of Hamilton to charge for the use of its sewerage system outside the city limits.

The city gained approval to borrow $19 million earlier this year after it was left liable for an unpaid loan for the Par-la-Ville hotel development.

The Hamilton Sewerage Amendment Act 2016 will follow on from cash-raising measures such as last year's traffic offence amendments, permitting the city to collect revenue from parking tickets within its limits. Legislators are slated to discuss the Partnerships and Companies Amendment Act 2016, and the Rent Increases (Domestic Premises Controlled Amendment Act 2016).

Out of service: the Harrington Sound Post Office (File photograph)

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Published June 03, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated June 03, 2016 at 7:35 am)

House: bid to sell post office to be debated

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