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Hedon’s Post Office branch to re-open

    By Gazette Reporters  
       
   

HEDON Post Office is to re-open at 1pm on October 10, 18 months after the town’s branch closed.

It has been confirmed the new Hedon branch is scheduled to reopen at 40 St Augustine’s Gate, with seven day opening. The new Post Office will be open from 9am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and on Sunday from10am to 10pm. It will offer a range of services including banking for personal customers and small businesses. Post Office bosses say the new branch is just 40 metres away from its previous location at 7, Market Place.

It follows a long campaign for a post office to be re-instated in the town which has been without a post office since its Market Place branch closed for refurbishment on April 7, 2018. It had been due to re-open on April 23, 2018, but it has remained closed since the postmaster who was due to take over the branch had to pull out.

Since then, the search for replacement has been ongoing, leaving Hedon without its post office services and forcing the residents to seek services elsewhere.

Richard Clark, Post Office change manager said: “We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents. We are confident this vibrant new-style Post Office will meet customer needs.”

Local East Riding Ward Councillors John Dennis, Sue Steel, and Mike Bryan have all worked hard to find a solution, raising concerns over a drop in footfall in the town.

“Trade in Hedon has really been down since the Post Office closed. Residents come from all over to shop in Hedon on market day and there’s been a noticeable drop in footfall through the town since its closure,” said Cllr Bryan.

Beverley and Holderness MP, Graham Stuart has thrown his weight behind the campaign to reinstate a post office in Hedon.

“Hedon Post Office has been closed since April 2018, much to the inconvenience of my constituents, and the cause of an unwelcome down-turn in trade for businesses in town. East Riding Councillors John Dennis, Sue Steel, and Mike Bryan have worked flat out to find a resolution and, in support, I made the case to the chief executive of the Post Office and met their director of operations. I am pleased and relieved with the news the Post Office has announced the re-opening date for the branch,” said Mr Stuart.

Cllr, Sue Steel, commented: “My fellow councillors and I have fought for the re-establishment of a post office service for Hedon since its closure over a year ago. Although not in the original building this will still be in the centre of Hedon and hopefully will help attract more footfall to the town which should be of benefit to local businesses.”

Cllr John Dennis commented: “I’ve had a very close connection with this matter from May 2018. The Post Office Counters people have been spoken to on regular occasions to monitor progress. It has become apparent that the smalltown post office is changing, because of the economics, and the transformation of the High Street. It is pleasing however, to note that Hedon PO business, along smaller lines, is to go into alternative premises nearby. I wish the new owners well in their venture. It will definitely get my support, and that of the other ward members too.”

 
         
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