Scunthorpe town centre set to keep post office

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 9 Mar 2017

SCUNTHORPE High Street looks set to get a much needed boost after proposals were announced to relocate the town centre post office, following fears that the town centre would lose it altogether.

The Post Office has identified the Ramsdens Financial Services premises at 148 High Street as the new site.

It will be run by a new operator who at this stage has not been identified.

Customers and other interested parties have been given until April 21 to make their views known.

The boost for the High Street comes after it was decided to close the present post office in Fulton Foods discount store in the Parishes shopping last December.

Since then the Post Office has been under pressure from the town's MP Nic Dakin to find a new site to meet the needs of shoppers.

Kenny Lamont, network operations area manger, 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 people.

"We are confident that this Post Office at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs".

If the High Street relocation is agreed, the move will save six jobs.

It will also mean a return to the main shopping thorough since May 2013 when the post office relocated to The Parishes.

The business traded in Cole Street from 1905 until 2003 when it switched to a new site on Market Hill.

In May 2008 then Scunthoepe postmaster Tony Beety invested £100,000 on a second move to the former Dee-Jays fashion store in the High Street and expressed confidence the relocation would regenerate trade and increase foot-fall.

Post Office users have been told the new site is a 500-metre walk from Fultons compared to a near one-mile trek to the nearest branch in Henderson Avenue.

Ramdens, based in Middlesbrough, moved into the site of the former Tony's Textiles retail shop in 2012.

The premises are currently advertised to rent at £12,000 a year and Ramsdens is looking to relocate to a different site.

If you want to make hyour views known on the plan call 03457 223344 or email comments@postoffice.co.uk



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