New Post Office gets town council backing

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 August 2014

Weston's General Post Office in Regent Street.

Weston's General Post Office in Regent Street.

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'ABOMINATION' and 'grungy' are the words used to describe Weston's head post office by a town councillor who has welcomed the arrival of a new branch in the high street.

Weston Town Council discussed plans for a new office, which could be opened inside the High Street’s Spar in October – depending on the outcome of a public consultation.

This post office will replace the one which closed down when McColls in The Boulevard shut up shop last November.

When the popular newsagent pulled down the shutters for the final time, the Post Office appealed for other businesses to come forward to accommodate a new branch, but was unsuccessful.

The public consultation will end next month and town councillors have given their views.

During the authority’s policy and finance committee meeting on Monday night, councillor Peter Crew said the new branch will bring more people to Grove Village.

Cllr John Crockford-Hawley said: “It will be within feet of where the first post office was so it’s coming back home.

“It’s pleasing firstly because the loss of the Boulevard post office has been felt by many people and secondly because that grungy head post office in Regent Street is an abomination. It’s a filthy head office and the more trade that can be taken from that office the better.

“Full marks for this new branch, let’s support it.”

The new office will also have longer opening hours, compared to those in The Boulevard branch, which will be from 6am-11pm Monday to Saturday and 6am-9.30pm on Sundays.

The majority of Post Office products and services will still be available and will include two tills on the retail counter.

Anyone interesting in taking part in the consultation can submit their opinions via www.postofficeviews.co.uk quoting branch number 39051199. The deadline is towards the end of September.

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