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Village post ofice set to move
8:29am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
POST Office bosses have confirmed that its Landford branch is to close.
However, a new post office counter is planned at Landford Stores, in Lyndhurst Road and the new “local-style” replacement facility will open seven days per week.
A six-week public consultation has now begun on the proposals.
It follows the decision of the current postmaster at Landford to step down.
The proposed new facility will be open Monday to Friday between 7.30am until pm, Saturdays between 8am and 5pm and Sundays between 8.45am and 12.30pm.
Post Office Regional Network Manager, Will Russell, said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in the area and we are confident that this new Post Office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.
He added: “The modernisation is part of a major investment programme to convert the Post Office network to new-style branches. This investment, the largest in the history of the Post Office, makes a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”
The Post Office says the proposed new branch will be offer automated banking services, bill and budget payment schemes.
Officials are welcoming public feedback on the plans. The consultation ends on November 20.
Submissions can be sent to Freepost, Your Comments to Post Office Ltd, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, via the Customer Helpline: 08457 22 33 44 or Textphone 08457 22 33 55.
The long-term future of West Wellow Post Office still hangs in the balance.
As reported last week, officials met Tony and Karen Steer, who run the Salisbury Road branch, to discuss its future after they announced that they were selling up after nine years in charge.
Mrs Steer said: “They told us that we can market the business as a going concern. However, we made it clear to them that we were not happy that the Post Office had made decisions affecting our futures without coming to see us.”
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