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Fight against plan to move South Wootton Post Office to Gaywood

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Residents are being urged to fight against a plan to move South Wootton Post Office to Gaywood.

Under the plan the existing stand-alone post office in Nursery Lane, South Wootton, would close and Post Office counters would be installed at Grange Stores, in Dawnay Avenue, Gaywood, just over half a mile away.

The Post Office has said it would mean vastly increased opening hours.

Will Russell, post office regional network manager, said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in South Wootton and we are confident this new modern Post Office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.

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

The proposal comes as Peter Lee, 65, South Wootton’s subpostmaster plans to retire. The post office has been in his family since 1954 when his parents took it on. Mr Lee has been running it for more than 20 years.

If the move goes ahead, Grange Stores will get a screened Post Office counter, which will be open 9am - 5.30pm Monday to Saturday. The existing South Wootton Post Office is closed Saturday afternoons.

In addition, some Post Office services will be offered at an open-plan counter and the shop’s check-out throughout the store’s opening times, 6am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and 7am to 6pm on Sundays.

David Price, South Wootton Parish Council chairman, said: “The post office is an important focus in the village and lots of people use it, not just residents of South Wootton, but North Wootton and Castle Rising as well.

“The suggestion that the new arrangement should be placed in the Grange Estate is taking it right outside of the village. It means people having to cross the main A148 and we have a lot of elderly people in the village who use the Post Office. Also, if anybody wants to travel by car there is limited parking there.

“We will be putting in our objections and we are asking our residents to do the same.”

Mr Price said other alternative locations needed to be considered and thought the area around Asda might be more suitable.

Henry Bellingham, North West Norfolk MP, said: “I will be telling the Post Office this is not acceptable and they need to look at other options.”

Mr Bellingham said he may look to convene a meeting with the Post Office, borough and parish councillors.

Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk borough councillor, said: “South Wootton should have its own Post Office.”

If the proposal is accepted, the move is expected to take place in June. A consultation period has opened and runs until Friday, April 18.

Submissions can be sent to: Freepost YOUR COMMENTS (no further address required), by email: comments@postoffice.co.uk, text 08457 22 33 55 or phone 08457 22 33 44.

A parish assembly, to discuss the Post Office plan and other issues, will be held at South Wootton Village Hall, in Church Lane, 7pm on Friday, April 11.

 

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