The new Post Office in the Weston are of Bath is to open to the public on Monday the 27th September. A ribbon-cutting event took place on Friday to mark the opening, attended by local councillors Malcolm Lees and Colin Barrett, who cut the ribbon alongside the new sub-Post Master.
The opening of the new branch comes after a 14-month long campaign to save the area’s Post Office. The Weston Post Office shut down last July after the previous operator suddenly withdrew from running the branch.
Since then, Weston’s Conservative Councillors Colin and Malcolm campaigned to save the Post Office and worked with Post Office Ltd to see a temporary operator secured in the previous premises. A petition signed by hundreds of local residents was collected by Malcolm and Colin, and a demonstration was organised attended by over 100 local people. The Post Office’s new permanent home further along the High Street will see new facilities and improved disabled access.
Cllr Colin Barrett (Cons, Weston) said;
“Malcolm and I were delighted to be invited to the official ribbon-cutting for Weston’s new Post Office. It’s fantastic to see the new branch up and running, and is a great relief to local residents who rely on our local Post Office. The new premises look great with a wide range of stationery and other goods now available. We hope that as many local people as possible come and see the new branch and make good use of this vital local service. The Post Office needs our support to ensure its future here is secure and ensure a thriving local High Street.”
Cllr Malcolm Lees (Cons, Weston) commented;
“Seeing the new permanent branch opened has made the long campaign to save our Post Office all worth while. It took a lot of effort from the local community here in Weston to keep up the pressure on Post Office Ltd to find a new operator. Hundreds of residents have shown their support for a local branch over the past year, signing petitions and turning out for a demonstration. Without this community effort we may not have this branch now open.”