Red letter day as Post Office set to reopen in Lovedean

By Post in Local People

POST Office bosses have delivered some good news to people in Lovedean as they’re keen on re-opening a branch in the village.

The organisation has launched a consultation as they want to open a Post Office inside Central Convenience Stores on Frogmore Lane.

The village has been without a Post Office since the branch inside the Milton Road Costcutter closed suddenly in November 2013 due to “circumstances beyond their control”.

They’ve since appointed a new agent with the proposed open-counter service being similar to the one that operates within Horndean Spar.

“It would be a modern, open-plan ‘local’ style branch with Post Office services delivered from an open-plan till alongside the store’s retail counter,” said a spokeswoman for the Post Office.

“Services would be provided during the shop’s opening hours of 6am to 9pm, Monday to Sunday, meaning the branch would be open 105 hours a week.”

A six-week public consultation was launched last Friday, March 17, as bosses want to know what villagers think about the branch’s location and suitability.

Lewis Hanlon, Central Convenience Stores manager, only recently took over the Frogmore Lane shop.

He believes his predecessor got the ball rolling and is sure the development will be welcomed by many people in the village.

He said: “As far as I know it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a while and it will certainly help a lot of the community around here, as a lot of people around here can’t get out that much and there aren’t that many Post Offices in the area.

He added: “A lot of people around here are quite excited by the idea.”

Warren Green, acting chairman of the Lovedean Village Residents’ Association, also believes the move will be welcomed by much of the community.

He said: “From a personal point of view I’m very pleased it’s likely to happen and I think my two next door neighbours are equally pleased about it.

“I make and sell things through Ebay and I already use that shop because there is a Hermes pick up and dispatch point so from my point of view it’s brilliant.”

The public consultation will run until May 2 with the Post Office likely to open in either June or July if feedback is positive.

More information is available inside Central Convenience Stores while submissions can also be e-mailed to comments@postoffice.co.uk

Alternatively, contact the Post Office Customer Helpline on 03457 223344 or complete a “quick and easy questionnaire” at www.postofficeview.co.uk using the branch code 202458.