Post Office could be moved to Bargain Booze
A six week consultation period began this week, during which local residents can have their say on the proposals to relocate Stapleford Post Office from 11 Church Street to within the Bargain Booze store at 98 Derby Road.
The Post office said it would operate a new “local” concept within the off license, offering products and services during shop opening hours from an open-plan till at the shop counter instead of from a separate screened counter.
The Post Office already has 20 branches operating within Bargain Booze stores across the country.
The proposed move, which the Post Office says is in agreement with the current postmaster, is part of major “modernisation programme” across the Post Office network.
Suzanne Richardson, regional manager said: “We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents.
“We are confident that this vibrant new-style Post Office at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs. This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and will secure services for the future.”
Councillor Richard MacRae pictured outside the Bargain Booze
Stapleford Councillor Richard MacRae said: “My main concern is that people know about this consultation. If anyone has any concerns they have to raise them..
“The location is more central to Stapleford town centre, so it would be easier for people to get to, but I am not sure about the choice of venue because it’s an alcohol premises. I think it would put some younger people off using it. I just don’t think it’s the ideal venue.”
“It is better to have a Post Office than not having one, but I just don’t think the the choice of venue is the best.
“Perhaps it should be something that’s more suitable for everyone to use.”
Should the move go ahead, the Stapleford branch would open seven days a week; from 9am until 10pm Monday to Saturday and from 12pm until 9pm on Sunday, which 41 hours per week longer than it is currently open.
The public consultation will close on November 29<. Residents can have their say by emailing email@example.com or calling the customer helpline on 03457 22 33 44.