The mayor of Mansfield has hit out at plans to relocate the town’s main post office branch.
Post Office has announced plans to move the branch from Church Street into WHSmith on West Gate.
However, Kate Allsop, district mayor, has hit out at the plans, fearing it could damage trade in the area.
She said: “The White Hart Street and Church Street area is a vital part of the town centre with many independent retailers who rely on footfall.
“The current location of the post office helps to maintain footfall in this area and supports those local retailers.”
Mrs Allsop has urged Post Office to justify its business case and suggests the move will make the service less accessible and visible on the high street.
She also has concerns over the future of the prominent building in the centre of the town’s heritage area.
She said: “The current post office building is a focal point for the White Hart Street area of town and we would not want to see such a large property become derelict.”
A public consultation on the plans is now taking place. It ends on Wednesday, November 16, before a final decision is made on the proposal.
If approvied, it is proposed the branch would move in March.
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Mrs Allsop said: “I encourage as many people as possible to join in the debate and voice their concerns to Post Office.”
In a letter to the council, Post Office said: “The move is part of our ongoing modernisation of the network and will allow us to maintain a Crown post office in Mansfield while providing a modern new branch for customers.