ONE YEAR LATER: Wallasey Post Office to reopen
A Post Office which has been shut since March of last year is reopening its doors next week.
Grove Road Post Office, in Wallasey Village, Wirral, will reopen on Tuesday, February 23, after the lengthy closure.
The Post Office will be under new management after the appointment of a new postmaster and will be open from 9am-5.30pm Monday-Friday and between 9am and 12.30pm on Saturdays.
The shop will however be closed on Sundays.
Sarah Cottrell, Post Office network provision manager, said: “We are delighted to be restoring Post Office service to the Wallasey area as we know how important Post Office services are to a community.”
The securing of the Wallasey Post Office’s future will come as welcome news to residents after two years of disruption, where the facility has not been open continuously.
Wallasey councillor Ian Lewis said: “Two years ago, more than 1,000 residents signed our petition to have the branch reopened.
“Since then, we have kept in contact with the Post Office nationally and, at one point, also spoke with the postal affairs minister Paul Scully MP.
The Conservative councillor added: “For the Post Office to finally have a new postmaster is really good news for the local community. We look forward to welcoming them to Wallasey next week and supporting this important local facility.”
The same security does not exist for the future of the Birkenhead town centre Post Office.
Three months after WHSmith announced it would be leaving the town centre, forcing out the Post Office inside it, there is no guarantee that a new site for the vital facility will be found.
The Post Office wished to provide customers with an assurance that it was trying to find an alternative site.
A Post Office spokesperson said: “The operator for Birkenhead Post Office has announced the difficult decision to close their store, where the Post Office is based, in July.
“We know how important a Post Office is to a community and we are working hard to find a replacement retailer to operate the branch. The vacancy is advertised here (https://runapostoffice.co.uk/).”
A spokesperson for Wirral Council said: “Having a vibrant, mixed-use town centre is a strategic priority for Wirral Council and it is vital we have the facilities and services that are needed by our community.
“Access to a post office is fundamental for local people and businesses and we continue to work with providers to help identify location opportunities which offer a good-fit to meet their specific requirements.”
Words: George Morgan, Local Democracy Reporter
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