Post Office set to close for refit as firm modernises

Herstmonceux post office
Herstmonceux post office
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Residents in Herstmonceux will not have a post office for almost a week when it closes for refurbishment next month.

Herstmonceux Post Office will close at 5.30pm on May 7 for refurbishment and the new-look Post Office will re-open on May 13.

The nearest alternative Post Offices will be in Hailsham and Windmill Hill.

The closure is part a modernising programme by the Post Office which will mean Hailsham’s store is closed from April 18 to 25 as it is turned into a new ‘local’ style open-plan branch with longer opening hours for customers.

The programme aims to create a modern open-plan retail environment and extend opening hours by 26 hours a week, including Saturday afternoon opening.

Post Office regional network manager for South and East England, Mark Lawrence said in a statement, which echoed that of the one released for the Hailsham closure, that the refurbishment was part of a three year programme.

He said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Herstmonceux and we are confident that this new modern Post Office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.

He added: “This modernisation is part of a three-year investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office, that will see around 6,000 branches (about half the Post Office network) converting to new-style branches.

“This investment makes a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

The new opening hours will be Monday to Saturday afternoon with plans to open earlier and close much later on those days.

The Post Office is now independent of Royal Mail and forms the largest retail network in the UK, with over 11,500 branches.

It is one of the fastest growing financial services companies and is developing its online and telephone services.