Post Office 'mess' must be 'sorted'

PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 January 2015

The Post Office in Regent Street was closed unexpectedly yesterday (Monday).

The Post Office in Regent Street was closed unexpectedly yesterday (Monday).

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TOWN councillors have called for a better service to be put in place if Weston's Regent Street Post Office is moved to a permanent base.

The current branch was opened in 2010 but is only considered a temporary one. However plans have now been unveiled and a public consultation opened on proposals for the new location, just 75 metres from the current site.

The idea for a new base was well received by Weston Town Council when brought up at its latest policy and finance committee meeting, but councillors called for an improved offering.

Cllr Mike Bell said: “There are many problems with the existing place and it is just a mess there.

“I mean no disrespect to anyone but it is the closest I have come to a third-world country.

“People are queuing out the door because there are not many counters open and if that is supposed to be the main office for Weston we want assurance that will be sorted, otherwise it is just not good enough.”

The new space will be completely refurbished and will offer a full range of Post Office services as well as cards, stationery and gifts.

A new branch has also been opened in the Spar store in High Street, following the closure of the counter in the Boulevard more than a year ago.

While discussing a new Regent Street Post Office, committee chairman Peter Crew said: “The current branch is supposed to be the crown office and it does not do justice to it.”

Cllr Sonia Russe added: “It was appalling during the Christmas period, there were more people leaving the queue than joining.”

Regional Post Office network manager Julia Marwood told the Mercury: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Weston and we are confident this new modern branch will meet the needs of the community and secure services for the future.”

The store would be open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5.30pm. Views on the plans can be sent to Freepost Your Comments, Post Office Ltd or email to comments@postoffice.co.uk.

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