Heathfield’s Post Office is set to re-open in an off-licence.
Post Office bosses announced this week that the town’s post office - closed since April 1 - is scheduled to re-open in Unique Wine, New Parade. It will offer 21 extra opening hours a week. Services will include bill payment, banking, benefits, travel money, postage, home shopping returns and Local Collect.
Spokeswoman Sheila Tapster said: “To restore a service to customers we decided to re-open at this new location. However, we still welcome feedback on the new branch plan. Like most branches, this will be run alongside the operator’s retail business which helps sustainability and long-term future of the branch. It will be a modern, main-style branch with services from three serving positions; two screened and a serving point at the retail counter.
“It will open during the shop’s opening hours Monday to Saturday: 9am-9pm, 21 hours more than the former branch. The same wide range of products will be available except Digital Application Services.”
The proposed relocation, with the current Postmaster’s agreement, is part of a major modernisation programme across the network designed to make it easier for customers to do business through longer opening hours and modern open plan environments.
Regional manager Julia Marwood, said: “We understand how important a Post Office is to Heathfield residents. We have been working hard to restore services to the area but there have been several setbacks along the way.”
A six week public consultation will run from now to January 8 before a final decision is made. Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org, via the Helpline: 03457 22 33 44 or online through the questionnaire at postofficeviews.co.uk (branch code 227907.)
While accepting some find the site unsuitable, local MP Huw Merriman said: “Local politicians have scoured the High Street urging traders to submit an application. If the choice is between having no Post Office or one in an established buisness - albeit an off-licence - then I welcome the announcement.”
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