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Thursday, 02 October 2014

Proposal to move Walney post office binned

PLANS to move a Furness post office into a convenience store have been scrapped.

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STAYING PUT: The Post Office that was planning to move its Mill Lane outlet on Walney into the next door Spar store. NATALIE CHAPPLES REF: 50043672B000

The Post Office was planning to move its Mill Lane outlet on Walney into the next door Spar store.

But Neal and Stan Henderson, the son and father who jointly own the Spar, have now decided not to proceed with their application.

The proposed move, which had been due to take place in April, would have seen the service run as a Post Office Local, which would have doubled the post office’s trading hours.

Neal Henderson said they had been willing to run the post office counter in the Spar under the usual post office hours of weekdays 8.30am to 5.30pm and Saturdays 9am to 12.30pm.

But Post Office wanted the Hendersons to have the post office counter available throughout the Spar opening times of 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and on Sundays 7.30am to 9pm.

Mr Henderson said he would not have been able to cover the extended hours and Post Office was not prepared to compromise. He said: “We are already a high volume convenience store with two lanes and we felt it could have been detrimental to our existing business.

“Unfortunately Post Office were not prepared to be flexible.”

Post Office Locals are run under a commission format rather than with a salaried position.

The public consultation on the plans has now ended and Mill Lane Post Office will continue to run as usual under sub postmaster Ingrid Guy.

A Post Office spokesperson said: “The proposed new operator has decided not to progress their application to run the branch.

“The local public consultation on the proposed relocation of the branch has therefore ceased with immediate effect and Mill Lane Post Office will continue to operate from the current site.”

The Post Office has previously said that a new, modern branch would make it easier for its customers to do business with them and secure services for the future.

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