Post Office will retain a Melton town branch

The Post Office has moved to reassure customers it will retain a service in Melton after its existing town branch closes in January.

Alternative premises are being sought after the Co-op announced this week it would cease to host Melton’s Post Office because it was no longer cost effective for it.

The ideal arrangement would be for another town business to incorporate the service as the Co-op has done at Scalford Road for the last eight years.

A spokesperson for the Post Office said: “We would like to reassure customers that the Post Office is absolutely committed to maintaining service in Melton Mowbray and will work hard to ensure this.”

Many Melton residents have called for the service to be re-located to the Bell Centre shopping mall in the town centre where it was based before moving to the Co-op.

Ironically, the Bell Centre is owned by Central England Co-operative, which is helping to find a new venue for the Post Office.

A spokesperson declined to comment on whether the shopping centre was being considered again.

She said: “We can confirm that we own the Bell Centre in Melton Mowbray and continue our discussions with Post Office Ltd to seek a new operator.”

Social media has been abuzz with comments since the Melton Times broke the story last week that the Post Office needed a new home in the town.

Susan Bailey (@SusanBa91338421) Tweeted: “Town Centre location needed for this vital service- plenty of empty shops.”

Dan McGrady (@danmcgrady) Tweeted: “#Melton Post Office looking for a new site, why not just move back to it’s old one in the Bell Centre? Seeing as it’s still empty.”

Red Moon (@Undercover_mole) Tweeted: “With the Co-op in Melton losing the Post Office next year, one has to ask “Are the days of the Melton Co-op numbered?”

Deborah Smith posted on the Melton Times Facebook site: “How about moving it back into the Bell Centre where there are many empty units and it is owned by the coop anyway.”

Another post on Facebook, from Sandra Squires, read simply: “Please find somewhere for the post office.”

The Co-op has declined to comment on whether it will retain its supermarket in Melton - budget store Lidl is building a new premises next door and is expected to open later this year.

The Post Office is seeking applications from Melton businesses to host the service in the town. Deadline for submissions is August 3.

The contact is Adrian Paling on 07802 924978.