Proposed Post Office move comes under fire

Melton's Post Office is proposed to be moved into the Bargain Booze store in Sherrard Street EMN-151118-132042001

Melton's Post Office is proposed to be moved into the Bargain Booze store in Sherrard Street EMN-151118-132042001

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Melton residents have voiced their concerns about proposals to move the town’s Post Office branch into the Bargain Booze store on Sherrard Street.

As reported in last week’s Melton Times the Post Office is currently consulting the public to get their views on the proposed move. The consultation ends on January 15.

The proposed new branch is expected to open in February. An exact date is yet to be given. The current Post Office, at the Co-op on Scalford Road, will shut on January 23.

Melton Times reader Jane Easom said: “I hope I’m not alone by being appalled at the proposed relocation of the Melton Post Office to Bargain Booze on Sherrard Street.

“Who in their right mind thought this was a good idea? Parents with young children, teenagers, people who hold non drinking beliefs, anyone with an alcohol-related problem shouldn’t have to walk through aisles of cheap alcohol in order to use Post Office services. This is inappropriate on so many levels and for so many people. Surely the Post Office can come up with a better location.”

Meltonian Dr Richard Harley said: “Let’s look at the fors and againsts Bargain Booze running a post office in Melton. For - they’re located in Sherard Street - that’s it!

“Againsts - they don’t have a track record of running a Post Office service, their staff are not qualified to run a Post Office service, they do not intend to employ any of the staff from the Post Office at the Co-op – why?, they intend to employ their own staff – why not well qualified staff from the Co-op?

“In conclusion, please let us have a due diligence on Bargain Booze management and staff in Melton. What experience do they have? How successful have they been at running a similar business?

“Bargain Booze are looking for an income stream at any cost. Look for a more suitable venue or extend the hours of Spar (Valley Road) and Welby Lane Post Offices.”

A Bargain Booze spokeswoman said: “As a retailer we’ve seen great results following integration of post offices into select stores. Not only has this been very successful but has proved convenient for many local residents. Stores have even received recognition from MPs for providing such an important and outstanding service to the community, something we hope to emulate in Melton.

“Melton people should be assured that all staff will be fully trained to the highest standard and be able to provide a well-rounded and comprehensive postal service.”

You can send written views about the proposed move, just write ‘FREEPOST-Your Comments’ on the envelope.

You can email your views to comments@postoffice.co.uk or you can call the customer service helpline on 03457 22 33 44 (select option 4) to get through to an advisor who will pass on your comments.

You can also fill in an online survey. Visit postofficeviews.co.uk, enter the branch code 241217 and follow the links.