Upwell loses battle for Post Office move

Election  at Lynnsport King's Lynn'Elizabeth Truss ANL-150805-111651009
Election at Lynnsport King's Lynn'Elizabeth Truss ANL-150805-111651009
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Villagers have lost their battle to keep their Post Office branch in its current location.

Residents in Upwell have been fighting against Post Office Ltd plans to relocate into the nearby G&B Superstore in Town Street.

Upwell Parish Council chairman Prue Lester received notification of the move on Wednesday.

The parish council will be discussing the situation during a meeting on Monday.

The Post Office says the move will provide a more modern open-plan environment, an extra 70 hours of services per week and all day opening at weekends.

Mrs Lester said: “Personally I am very disappointed. The Post Office have just paid lip service to consultation and have gone ahead with what they wanted to do in the first place.

“They say they have taken note of residents’ concerns but they don’t consider them of sufficient importance to change their plans.”

Elizabeth Truss, South West Norfolk MP has supported villagers in their fight against the move. She said: I am disappointed as local residents have been very clear about their concerns of access, parking and privacy at the new post office location. “It is important that Post Office Ltd take this on board and what I am keen to ensure is ease of access and an appropriate level of privacy for those using the post office facilities.

“I will continue to support the parish council in securing this.”