Downham Market Post Office issues being resolved

PUBLISHED: 06:30 02 October 2015

Elizabeth Truss MP heard concerns about the new post office location in Downham Market. Picture: Ian Burt

Elizabeth Truss MP heard concerns about the new post office location in Downham Market. Picture: Ian Burt


Possible improvements to access and car parking arrangements are being proposed for the new location of Downham Market’s post office.

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss met residents and local council representatives to try to resolve concerns about access to the new High Street premises and parking.

She said: “The building will provide space for those on mobility scooters, as well as parents with pushchairs, to manoeuvre around the site.

“The fact the building will be owner-occupied by the postmistress also offers long-term security and investment in post office facilities for the town.”

The facility is set to move from Wales Court to the High Street and become a W H Smith Local at the end of the year. Parvan Ali will remain the postmistress.

While the Post Office said it had received positive reactions about the move during the consultation process, concerns were raised by customers about crossing a town centre road and queues spilling out to the pavement.

Following the meeting, it was agreed options for additional on-street parking and disabled bays would be reviewed when the High Street is due to be resurfaced in February 2016.

Kathy Mellish, a councillor for West Norfolk Council said: “It seems we are moving forwards to resolve these issues.”

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