Expressions of interest made to run post office services on Bury St Edmunds estate

Ernie Broom and Cllr Paul Hopfensperger, centre, with residents outside St Olaves Precinct Post Office
Ernie Broom and Cllr Paul Hopfensperger, centre, with residents outside St Olaves Precinct Post Office
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Expressions of interest have been made to run post office services on a Bury St Edmunds estate following the sudden closure of its branch last week.

St Olaves Precinct Post Office, which served the Howard estate for about 50 years, closed last Monday after its premises were ‘withdrawn at short notice’.

A Post Office spokeswoman said they are ‘working hard’ to restore services as soon ‘as soon as possible’.

She said the vacanacy has been advertised and they have visited retailers in the area.

“Interest has been expressed, but any discussions are at a very early stage,” she added.

Ernie Broom, chairman of the Howard Estate Association of Residents and Tenants, as well as Borough and Town Cllr Paul Hopfensperger have suggested a post office could be set up in the Day Lewis Pharmacy at the St Olaves Precinct.

In an email to Baldev Kaklon, network operations manager at the Post Office, Cllr Hopfensperger said: “We believe that it will complement both businesses and is the ideal solution to try to rectify this appalling situation as quickly as possible.”

As alternatives, the Post Office has suggested residents use Lake Avenue Post Office, in South Parade, and the post office at WHSmith.

However, Cllr Hopfensperger, who represents St Olaves, said this ‘isn’t an acceptable situation’ as it takes 45 minutes to get to Lake Avenue by bus.

Jo Churchill, MP for Bury, said she has met with representatives from the Post Office and ‘stressed the importance of access to local amenities in St Olaves’. She said she will continue to co-ordinate with the Post Office to ensure the issue is ‘resolved quickly’.

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