Village post office to close in new year

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POSTAL chiefs have announced Great Finborough post office will temporarily close in January.

The branch, in High Road, will shut its doors on January 12 ‘due to the withdrawal of the premises for Post Office use’.

A Post Office spokeswoman said it was not known yet whether the branch will reopen.

David Ruffley MP said : “I am horrified to learn that the Great Finborough Post Office has suddenly been marked for closure ‘temporarily’ due to a ‘withdrawal of premises’.

“Essential services to the village will be cut off, especially for vulnerable people without the ability to use public transport to reach the nearest Post Offices in Stowmarket and Rattelsden.

“I am deeply disappointed that there has been no statement of a proposed new site or the length of time it is anticipated the village will be without a post office. These are weasel words from the Post Office which deliberately avoid recognising the impact of this closure on the community and do not provide a solid action plan to return services as soon as possible.”

Mr Ruffley said he would be writing to Post Office Chief Executive, Moya Greene, to demand an action plan and time scale be set for the closure.

Norman Vendittelli, chairman of Great Finborough Parish Council, said: “I am sorry that it is closing but I can understand from the proprietor of the shop’s point of view there was no choice really than to close.

“If you worked behind the counter you would see it’s not being used as much as it was. I think they are just suffering like many other businesses and post offices across the country.”

Post Office Ltd spokeswoman Wendy Hamilton said: “Customers can be assured that it remains our intention to keep a Post Office service in the area and we are currently investigating the options available.

“Our priority is to maintain Post Office services to the local community and it is therefore important that any future service is sustainable for the person operating the service and for Post Office Ltd.