Menston Post Office plan under scrutiny

Ilkley Gazette: Menston Post Office plan under scrutiny Menston Post Office plan under scrutiny

The Post Office is proposing to move Menston Post Office from its current location to create a modern open-plan local-style branch with extended opening hours.

The proposed new location for the branch is Londis, at 52 Cleasby Road, Menston, which is 500 metres from its current site at 33 Main Street, Menston.

The Post Office is now inviting customers and interested parties to give their comments on the move in a six-week public consultation.

Should the move go ahead, the branch would open from 6am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and 7am to 8pm on Sunday.

The proposed move is part of a modernisation programme across the Post Office network designed to make it easier for customers to do business, through longer opening hours and modern open-plan environments.

Adrian Wales, Post Office regional network manager for Central England, said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Menston and we are confident that this new modern Post Office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.”

He added: “This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

Under the current Parliament the Government has committed £1.34bn for the Post Office network to make sure there is no programme of Post Office closures and to update branches; in November the Government announced a further £640m investment in the Post Office network, from 2015 to 2018.

During the public consultation, Post Office Ltd welcomes feedback on any issues customers would like considered before a final decision is taken on this proposal.

The consultation will close on June 26, 2014. Submissions can be made during the consultation by Freepost YOUR COMMENTS to Post Office Ltd, via e-mail to comments@postoffice .co.uk, via the Customer Helpline on 08457 22 33 44 or Textphone 08457 22 33 55.

Customers can also share their views online through the questionnaire at postofficeviews.co.uk with the branch code 221306.

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