The future of the local Post Office in the Weston area of Bath looks set to be secure after Post Office Ltd this week confirmed that a preferred permanent operator has been chosen for the branch.
If the contract with the new operator is given the final sign-off, it will mean the Post Office moving from its current location in the village into alternative premises further along Weston High Street.
A consultation by Post Office Ltd on the proposed move is now to start on the 11th of May and will run for six weeks, ending on the 22nd of June, with local residents able to give their views on the plans.
The news comes following a major local campaign to save the area’s Post Office, started almost a year ago when the previous operator pulled-out from running the branch last June. Local Conservative Councillors in Weston Malcolm Lees and Colin Barrett spearheaded the campaign to re-open the Post Office and secure its future with a permanent new operator. The branch has been re-opened since March under temporary management.
Cllr Malcolm Lees (Cons, Weston) commented:
“Post Office Ltd has informed us that they have now chosen their preferred permanent operator for the branch from the applications they received, and since this will mean the Post Office moving into new premises local people will be given a chance to give their views. A consultation on the plans to permanently site the Post Office in the new location is to last six weeks, starting on the 11th of May. Everyone has worked extremely hard to have the branch re-opened under a temporary operator, so it’s vital we never lose this vital local facility again”
Cllr Colin Barrett (Cons, Weston) said:
“After such a long campaign involving hundreds of local people, residents in Weston will be extremely pleased to know that the future of our local Post Office branch now looks to be secure. The Post Office is a lifeblood of our community and it is important for all traders on the High Street, as well as residents, for this branch to remain open.”