Post Office looks for stamp of approval

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

 

Post Office looks for stamp of approval

Ventnor Post Office, which is currently in Church Street.

PLANS have been unveiled to move Ventnor Post Office to a new main branch that will be open seven days a week.

Residents on the Isle of Wight have been asked to comment on the proposals which will result in Ventnor Post Office being moved 125 metres from its current site at Church Street to Seasons card and stationary store in the town’s High Street.

The move is part of a major modernisation programme across the Post Office network and is aimed at making it easier for customers to do business.

The new post office will have a mixture of open plan and traditional screened counter positions with post office products and services available alongside retail transactions during shop opening hours.

The plans were welcomed by members of Ventnor Town Council at meeting this week.

Post Office regional network manager for south and east England, Mark Lawrence, said: "We understand how important having a post office is to residents in Ventnor and we are confident that the new branch will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future."

He added: "The proposed changes to the branch are part of a three-year investment programme, the largest in the history of the post office, that will see around 6,000 branches, around half the post office network, converting to new-style branches.

The investment marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes."

Opening hours at the proposed new location would be Monday to Saturday, 7.30am to 5.30pm and Sunday 7.30am to noon offering customers an extra 18.5 hours per week to access post office products and services.

Full details of the proposals are available to view in the branch.

The public consultation runs until February 4. Comments can be made by Freepost to Post Office Limited, via email to comments@postoffice.co.uk, via the customer helpline 08457 322 33 44 or textphone 08457 22 33 55.

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