The date for the opening of the new Post Office in the Weston area of Bath has been set for the 27th September by Post Office Ltd.
The news comes following a year-long campaign by local residents and Weston’s Conservative councillors Colin Barrett and Malcolm Lees to save the area’s Post Office from closure. The branch closed suddenly last June after the company running the branch pulled out from operating it. Campaigners managed to secure a temporary operator for the village’s Post Office back in January, but this will shut to make way for the new branch on Weston High Street on the 21st September.
Over 750 residents signed a petition last year calling for the Post Office to be saved and over a hundred local people turned out to a demonstration organised by Colin and Malcolm outside the Post Office in January.
Cllr Malcolm Lees (Cons, Weston) said:
“After such a long campaign it’s a great relief to local residents to know that the date has finally been set for the opening of our new permanent Post Office branch. It’s a shame that the village will be without a Post Office for a week between the current one shutting and the new one opening, but we understand that due to logistical reasons of transferring some things from the old branch to the new one this is unavoidable.”
Cllr Colin Barrett (Cons, Weston) commented:
“The Post Office is vital to the community in Weston, both for residents and for other traders on the High Street who benefit from the foot-fall. Residents will be very pleased to know the future of our Post Office is now secure. So many residents have shown their support for our local branch, both signing petitions and turning out to a demonstration, so we’re really pleased that Post Office Ltd has listened to these calls.”