All change at post offices as vital services move to new premises

October 04 2016

CHANGES to two post offices have been finalised as both relocate to new homes.

CHANGES to two post offices have been finalised as both relocate to new homes.
Chipping Sodbury’s post office was recently moved from its long-standing premises in Horse Street into Cotswold Vintners in High Street.
Meanwhile, North Road Post Office in Yate will welcome its first customers within a new shop behind the nearby Codrington Arms pub at 1pm on Monday, October 17.
As previously reported, North Road’s post office closed in May 2015 when the postmaster resigned and the premises could no longer be used for postal services.
Publicans Jenna Hale and Paul Jefferies were approached to see if they were interested in taking on the business and agreed to provide the service inside the convenience store.
The couple, who have run the pub since 2014, said the new venture would fit in well due to the shop’s opening hours - seven days a week, including Sunday mornings.
Sue Whittall, area manager with Post Office Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be restoring the service very close to the previously closed branch.”
The Cotswold Vintners wine merchants was taken over by Chanmugam Mohan and his wife, Saru, some three years ago when the couple and their family moved to Chipping Sodbury from London.
Mr Mohan, known to regulars as Mo, was prompted to also accommodate the post office after seeing an advertisement earlier this year.
Post Office Ltd had to consult on the move but once the formalities were over, the transfer could go ahead, keeping the vital service in the town.
The change meant the doors to the post office in Horse Street, which had served locals for so long, could be closed by Tim and Caroline Green.
The new location gives easier access for many users as it has no steps and offers longer opening hours. Customers can be served from 9am-9pm in the week and on Saturdays, as well as from 10am-6pm on Sundays.
It also gives people another means of banking and withdrawing cash now that Lloyds bank has closed
Mr Mohan said many post office services were being provided, although passport applications would have to be dealt with at Yate’s post office or online.