Don't miss a story sign up to Weston Mercury's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Post Office’s future saved from brink of closure

PUBLISHED: 14:00 18 October 2017

Highbridge Post Office. Picture: Google

Highbridge Post Office. Picture: Google

Google

The future of a Post Office has been saved just days after it appeared set to close.

The Post Office in Church Street, Highbridge, looked set to close on October 25 after the operator resigned and a deal to sell the building to a private business fell through.

Four staff at the Post Office had been told they faced losing their jobs and a sign had been put up in the window informing customers.

But following a conversation between Wells MP James Heappey and the Post Office’s head of external relations, a deal has been struck to extend the operator’s notice period by six months.

Mr Heappey said: “I am thrilled a deal has been secured to ensure Highbridge’s Post Office stays open.

“I look forward to working with the Post Office to ensure a long-term service remains in the town.

“Everyone should be clear that at no point was the Post Office withdrawing its service from Highbridge.

“This was a contractual issue and I look forward to seeing a Post Office in Highbridge for many years to come.”

A spokesman for the Post Office added: “The postmaster for Highbridge has decided not to resign as planned and the branch will not be closing on October 24 as expected.

“We will be supporting the postmaster to help develop the retail side of the business.”

Staff at the Post Office have urged residents to continue using the service to secure its future for the long-term.

Other News Stories

16:00

New drink-driving laws, financial troubles at Weston Football Club, and disappointment for motorway users were all making the headlines in Weston five decades ago this week...

Read more

A week-long exhibition of original paintings by a Burnham artist will begin on Monday.

Read more
17:00

A Weston sheltered housing complex is holding an open morning to enable people to find out how they can live independently at the property.

Read more
15:00

The new owners of a café bar in Uphill have been investing in the business to make it more welcoming to customers.

Read more
13:00

Wyevale Cadbury Garden Centre, in Congresbury, has a fantastic selection of treats and gifts on offer this festive season, and the Mercury has vouchers worth hundreds of pounds up for grabs.

Read more
12:00

Carnival Times was the theme for our last photo challenge and here are all the pictures we had sent in via our image-sharing website, iwitness24.

Read more

Avon and Somerset Police have warned motorists to avoid the area until the road re-opens.

Read more
11:00

A school in Uphill has been presented with a prestigious travel award for encouraging cycling.

Read more
08:19

Funding for two new schools was agreed on Tuesday by North Somerset Council.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30

A village school is celebrating sporting success after pupils picked up a host of medals.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 8°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder