Community and business leaders are claiming victory for people power after their proposed site for a community post office was finally backed by company bosses.
A public consultation has been launched on plans to move the service from its current site in Nursery Lane, South Wootton, to the Talking Heads salon in North Wootton.
The move comes after residents and parish councillors united to oppose the Post Office’s original plan to switch the service to the Grange Stores in Dawnay Avenue, Gaywood earlier this year.
The salon, in Priory Court off St Augustines Way, was put forward as an alternative at the time.
And South Wootton parish council chairman David Price said: “We’re very pleased. This is what we campaigned for.
“It’s a good example of local people power.”
Jo Wright, owner of Talking Heads, said talks on moving the post office to her premises had begun soon after the Grange Stores plan was scrapped in May, following fierce opposition.
She said she was “thrilled” at the announcement, adding: “It’s good for the community.
“We’ve been part of this community for 28 years and I get the impression that customers are quite keen for it to come here.”
As part of the move, it is also proposed to offer later opening on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, plus a Saturday afternoon service.
A public consultation was launched on Friday and will continue until December 18.
Miss Wright said she was “pretty optimistic” about the consultation, while Mr Price said his authority would be expressing its support and encouraging both its residents and the parishes of North Wootton and Castle Rising to do the same.
He also urged residents to continue to support the service if the move is given the go-ahead in order to reduce the risk of any future cuts.
He said: “If they want it, they have got to show they want it.”
Will Russell, the Post Office’s regional network manager, said: “We understand how important having a post office is to residents in the South Wootton area and we are confident this new modern branch will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.”
Residents can comment by writing to Post Office Ltd via Freepost, Your Comments, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.postofficeviews.co.uk and using branch code 11413199.
Comments can also be made by phoning 08457 223344.