Kirkby Post Office services are secured . . . for now

THE fate of Post Office services in Kirkby town centre has been temporarily secured after a new site was found by mail bosses.

Fears Kirkby would be without the vital mailing, pension and money exchange services were sparked when work to improve roads into the new town centre Morrison’s superstore required the current temporary Post Office to move.

Negotiations between the Post Office and Ashfield District Council have seen the firm’s temporary portable building relocated from a council car park on the edge on the Morrison’s site to the Ellis Street car park opposite.

Ashfield MP Gloria de Piero said it was great news that the building would remain open - but Ms de Piero said she had to ‘bang heads together’ to prevent a break in service.

“People in Kirkby told me they didn’t want to lose the Post Office – that’s why I fought so hard for a temporary Post Office.” she said.

“As soon as I heard that this was due to close I knew that I had to bang heads together.

“I am very grateful for Morrisons and the Post Office listening to me and for ensuring that the people of Kirkby get to keep this important service.”

The portable building had been erected as a stop-gap solution two months after the Co-op supermarket was closed and demolished to make way for Morrisons in May last year.

The move came after residents complained the lack of town centre services had been making life difficult - particularly for the elderly and non-drivers.

But hopes a new permanent site could be found quickly have been dashed - and it is believed recent talks to rehouse the Post Office in a permanent building have broken down.

Ashfield District Council says its officers are working closely with the Post Office to find a permanent site in the town centre to ensure continuity of service for the local community.

Post Office Ltd spokesman Heulyn Gwyn Davies said the firm remained committed to providing a Post Office service in Kirkby.

“Whilst the current service is provided from temporary premises, we are currently working hard to identify permanent premises so that we can continue to provide the best possible service to our customers,” he said.

“We will keep our customers informed of future developments as any changes to the location of Post Office branches are subject to public consultation.”