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Hednesford Post Office set to be saved in move to new premises

By Jordan Reynolds | Hednesford | News | Published:

Hednesford's only post office is set to be saved after plans were revealed for it to move into a new shop.

The former Co-op which housed the post office in Hednesford. Photo: Google

The post office's future was left hanging in the balance when the Co-op it was inside closed in January.

The post office has remained open over the last five months despite the shop closing and now plans have been revealed to relocate it from Anglesey Street to a new shop opening at 45 Market Street, 220 metres away.

The new post office could open in September or October, subject to consultation, the Post Office said.

The current operator has resigned and bosses have identified an alternative location which is currently empty and there are plans for a full refurbishment for a shop called High Street Convenience Store.

There would be a dedicated area of the store with one screened and one open-plan position, plus a Post Office counter alongside the retail counter.

Opening hours would be Monday to Saturday 9am-5.30pm and Sunday 9am-2pm.

Sarah Cottrell, Post Office regional change manager, said: “Customers would access Post Office services in a modern, open-plan environment alongside the operator’s retail. This would safeguard Post Office services to the community.”

The Post Office is now inviting customers and interested parties to give their comments on the move in a public consultation and are looking for feedback about accessibility and local community issues.

The consultation will close on August 11. Customers can share their views during the consultation online at postofficeviews.co.uk with the branch code 233242.

Submissions can also be made via email to comments@postoffice.co.uk, by post to Freepost YOUR COMMENTS, or by telephone 03452 66 01 15 or Textphone 03457 22 33 55.

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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