Ryhall Road post office in Stamford could be relocated to Morrisons supermarket if proposals announced today (Friday, January 8) go-ahead.
The Post Office announced today it is proposing to create a Post Office local at the supermarket in Uffington Road, which would offer products and services from an “open plan service point”. It would also have an extra 50 opening hours a week as it would be open during the supermarket’s usual opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 7am to 10pm; Sunday: 10am to 4pm.
There would also be improved accessibility as the proposed premises would have a wide automatic door and level access, whereas the current premises in Ryhall Road has a ramp.
In a statement released by The Post Office it said the proposed move was “with the current postmaster’s agreement” and was part of its “major modernisation programme”.
Suzanne Richardson, regional manager said: “We understand how important having a post office is to residents in Stamford and we are confident that this new modern post office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future. This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”
During the public consultation, Post Office Ltd welcomes feedback on any issues customers would like considered before a final decision is taken on this proposal. The consultation will close on February 19. Submissions can be made during the consultation by Freepost YOUR COMMENTS to Post Office Ltd, via email to email@example.com, via the Customer Helpline on 03457 22 33 44 or Textphone 03457 22 33 55.
Customers can also share their views online through the quick and easy questionnaire at www.postofficeviews.co.uk with the branch code 225230.
In 2007, Ryhall Road Post Office was the only one locally to be saved from closure as part of a nationwide cull of 2,500 post offices. It followed a campaign by Stamford residents and The Friends of Ryhall Road Post Office, which organised a rally and petition. The Stamford MP at the time Quentin Davies also met with Post Office officials during the campaign.
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