Plans to move a village’s post office service are unlikely to come into force until at least this autumn, it has been claimed.
Community leaders in South Wootton met Post Office officials this week, just days after the company announced it was scrapping plans to move the service to the Grange Stores in Gaywood.
David Price, the chairman of South Wootton parish council, which opposed the move, said: “They have to start again and they will be asking for applications from people to put their premises forward.”
Once the company settles on its preferred solution, a further six-week public consultation exercise will take place on the new plan.
And Mr Price said: “The whole process will probably take from now until at least September.”
A Post Office spokesman yesterday confirmed that the opportunity has been re-advertised following last week’s decision.
She said the company was happy to talk to any would-be applicants, including businesses who had previously applied to take on the service and were unsuccessful.
The deadline for new applications is June 24, but the spokesman said it was “impossible” to predict when any new arrangements may come into force.
She said: “It will depend on the business that is prepared to take it on and how much work they need to do to take it on.”