Re-opening of our Post Office – THE LATEST

The community consultation on Post Office Limited’s (POL’s) offer of a 2-hour a week service ended on 26 April – this is what you said. On 29 Apr we sent the results of the community consultation to Post Office Limited (POL) and requested permission to run a six month trial of a 3-morning a week service at oiur own expense. This request was copied to our MP.

We had to nudge POL for a response but on 15 May we received this reply:

We consulted as widely as we could on this but wanted to reply promptly. Our reply went in on Tuesday 21 May:

We await their response.

We have also written to our MP to ask him to lobby for our “Constructive way forward” but it would be good if others did the same.

If you wish to contact us on this issue, please email sandhamhall@gmail.com.

The next step

  • We await the response from POL
  • Please write to our MP to ask him to lobby for our “Constructive way forward”. You can refer to the email above as he was copied in.

 

The story so far

On 14 Sep 2023 our Post Office was abruptly closed down with no community consultation. At the time, Post Office Limited (POL) stated that the use of the premises had been withdrawn by the Village Hall which was untrue. It also claimed low usage but has been unwilling to share their evidence of this with us. We all reacted strongly to this sudden closure; thanks to all of you who wrote to our MP and/or signed a petition. This was submitted on 16 Nov 2023.

On 7 Feb 2024 two members of the Parish Council and the chair of the Village Hall Committee met virtually with a representative of POL and got them to agree to receive a proposal for a six-month trial to test whether a “use it or lose it” campaign coupled with signage on the A29 to pull in passing trade could make a three morning a week service viable. You can download the full proposal here.

On 4 Apr 2024 this proposal was rejected by POL. However, they offered a 2-hour a week service (eg Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30am).

On 14 Apr 2014 we launched a Community Consultation which ran until 26 Apr 2024.

On 27 Apr 2014 a summary of what you said was published here and in the pub and Village Hall.

On 29 Apr 2012 we sent the results of the community consultation to Post Office Limited (POL) and requested permission to run our own six month trial of a 3-morning a week service with a target start date of 3 June 2024.

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