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Post Office announces Upwell branch move will happen

PUBLISHED: 09:36 27 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:36 27 May 2015

Upwell Post Office is to move to a nearby shop PHOTO; Matthew Usher COPY; Emma Knights FOR; EDP NEWS COPYRIGHT; EDP pics © 2006 TEL; (01603) 772434

Upwell Post Office is to move to a nearby shop PHOTO; Matthew Usher COPY; Emma Knights FOR; EDP NEWS COPYRIGHT; EDP pics © 2006 TEL; (01603) 772434

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The Post Office announces this morning the move to another location in the Fenland village will happen.

Liz Truss held a public meeting to discuss the proposed changes to Upwell Post Office. Picture: Ian BurtLiz Truss held a public meeting to discuss the proposed changes to Upwell Post Office. Picture: Ian Burt

Services from the Upwell Village Post Office will be moved to the G & B Superstore in Town Street.

Many residents are strongly opposed to the change, with more than 100 people attending an open meeting in the village hall with MP Elizabeth Truss, local councillors and Post Office representatives.

It is said the move will allow for:-

- More modern branch in an open plan space

- An extra 70 hours opening per week, including weekends

- The vast majority of services to remain

Will Russell, Regional Network Manager for the Post Office said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Upwell and we are confident this new modern branch will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.

“The modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and makes a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

A six-week consultation was launched earlier this year allowed residents to voice their opinions on the move. Many were concerned about parking at the proposed location, space inside the new premises and the services available following the change.

The Post Office responded by explaining roadside parking is available directly outside the premises and further along Town Street; access to the new branch will be level and via a wide door; and the new branch will meet all the required specifications.

A date for the move has not yet been set.

- What’s your reaction to the Upwell Village Post Office move happening? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk

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