COMMUNITY leaders have slated the relocation of a village post office. Thursday, March 21 saw the Blythe Bridge Post Office reopen within the Forsbrook Spar in Cheadle Road after being relocated from it's previous venue in Uttoxeter Road in Blythe Bridge. The move means that post office customers in the area can benefit from increased opening times, however members of Forsbrook Parish Council have slated the move, stating their concerns over queues for post office customers along with increased parked cars in the area of the Spar shop.
The discussion took place at the April Forsbrook Parish Council meeting on Monday evening.
Chairman of Forsbrook Parish Council Peter Jones said: “On to the Post Office, if that’s what you can call it.
“It’s more of a kiosk in the Spar.
“I have received a number of complaints about it.
“One lady has told me that she has never had a bank account before but is now going to have one instead of having to wait a long time at the post office to get served.”
Mr Jones also aired his concerns over road safety around the Spar due to the apparent increased parking in the area.
He said: “I came down Cheadle Road the other day and had to put my brakes on as the car in front of me had slammed theirs on due to a parked car there on the corner.
“On Tuesdays, which is pension day, and also Saturdays, you can’t move there due to all the cars parked there.”
Mr Jones added: “I think that the post office has dropped a clanger here and I would like to suggest that our clerk writes to them with our concerns.”
Councillor Barry Yates said that he had spoken to a resident who “could not work out why the post office had been moved.”
Councillor agreed for the parish clerk to write a letter to the Post Office with their concerns.
A Post Office spokesperson told the Times & Echo: “We are delighted that Spar has taken on the Post Office, which has maintained Post Office services for Blythe Bridge upon the retirement of the previous postmaster.
“Opening hours at the new Blythe Bridge Post Office have more than doubled, so customers now have more choice about when to visit as the branch is now open seven days a week from early until late.
“The branch is open an extra 71 hours and 30 minutes of Post Office service a week including all-day Sunday and Saturday afternoon.
“Post Office customers can now visit outside the traditional opening hours that they had in the past and they may find that they can be served very quickly at other times.
“As people adjust to the new available hours queuing will reduce at peak times.”
The spokesman added: “We reviewed parking during consultation and decided that there was adequate parking in the vicinity.”
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