New Post Office for Oakham
A long wait for another Post Office in Oakham has finally come to fruition and is due to be delivered after four years of campaigning.
It is hoped the new Post Office at Briars Convenience Store on Churchill Road will be signed, sealed and delivered on December 14 at 1pm and customers will be able to do send parcels, do banking, collect their pension and order foreign currency.
It will be run by shop owners Indy and Nina Gill.
“It’s fantastic news,” said a delighted Nina, who has been involved in the running of the shop for the last 15 years.
“We have been trying to get this for four years.
“We set up a petition with over a thousand signatures but it initially didn’t work through.
“We started it in 2014 and we have had a lot of support from the community who signed the petition.
“Customers will be able to do all the standard things they expect from a Post Office like sending parcels, benefits and pensions.”
Previous attempts to get a counter put in at Briars were unsuccessful after Nina and Indy made a case to the Post Office that residents in the south and west of Oakham as well as the surrounding villages would benefit from a more accessible location that offered Post Office services.
The office in the town is around a mile away with the next one in Langham around two and a half miles away.
After the second attempt was turned down, they set up a petition to show that demand for a Post Office was there.
The counter will be open-plan with low screens and alongside the current retail counter.
Nina said that this second Post Office will make things much easier for residents.
“Using the Post Office at Martin’s in the town centre can be frustrating when there’s a big queue in there and then you’ve got the level crossing and then parking to think about.
“This will offer them something more convenient.
“To be honest, it’s a mix of emotions - excitement and then the hope that everything runs smoothly.”
“It’s been so long in the making so it’s a relief to finally get it in place. “
Both Nina and Indy will now go on a two-day training course to be trained as postmaster and the new Post Office will also have an official opening at some stage in the
It will be open Mondays to Wednesdays 7am to 8pm, Thursdays to Saturdays 7am to 8.30pm and 8am to 8pm on Sundays.