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

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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.

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