Stamp of approval approaches for post office re-opening in North Road

June 01 2016

PUBLICANS Jenna Hale and Paul Jefferies will switch between pulling pints and selling stamps when a post office re-opens in North Road, Yate.

PUBLICANS Jenna Hale and Paul Jefferies will switch between pulling pints and selling stamps when a post office re-opens in North Road, Yate.
A consultation exercise is currently running over plans to operate the service within a new convenience store behind the Codrington Arms.
As long as there are no delays, it is hoped to have the enterprise up and running this summer.
Meanwhile, Chipping Sodbury’s post office is also planned to move from Horse Street to High Street, with a promise of significantly longer hours.
North Road used to have a post office until it closed a year ago when the postmaster resigned and the premises could no longer be used for postal services.
Jenna, who took over the running of the Codrington Arms with Paul in 2014, said they were approached by Post Office Ltd about accommodating the post office on the pub site, leading to the start of a long process to allow that to happen.
Consultation with local users runs until June 8 but it is anticipated there will be support for the move.
Jenna said: “We were asked if we would like to apply and that application process took about six months. We’re now nearing the end of the whole process and hope to have the post office open at the end of July in a building behind the pub.”
She said the new venture would fit in well with the pub due to the opening times proposed for the shop, which is set to operate every day, including Sunday mornings.
Simon Drinkwater, area manager for Post Office Ltd, said: “A new operator has been appointed, providing us with the opportunity to incorporate post office services very close to the previously closed branch.”
Consultation on relocating Chipping Sodbury post office into Cotswold Vintners will run until July 8, when a final decision will be taken on the scheme.
Comments on both proposals can be made by emailing comments@postoffice.co.uk or phoning 03457 223344.