Worries over post office future

Concerns over the future of Sandsacre Post Office have been raised following a temporary closure.

Friday, 29th July 2016, 10:00 am
Sandsacre Post Office has been closed for more than two months now NBFP PA1630-17
Sandsacre Post Office has been closed for more than two months now NBFP PA1630-17

The post office, off Wheatley Drive, has been closed for more than two months now, leaving residents in the north of Bridlington questioning if the service will return.

Colin Cawthray of Stowe Garth, Bridlington, has turned to Flamborough Post Office as an alternative ahead of the other options on Marton Road and Quay Road in the town.

He said: “It is disappointing that I’ve not been able to use my local post office since the start of May.

“I go down to Sandsacre Newsagents every day and use the post office facilities regularly.

“I have actually started going to Flamborough Post Office because of the parking situation at Marton Road and the huge demand on Quay Road. Closing this office will mean the remaining two are going to be strained even further.

“I urge a solution to be sorted as soon as possible because it is very inconvenient for all our residents at the moment.”

The Free Press understands the matter is in solicitors’ hands between Sandsacre Post Office and the Post Office.

However with the permanent closure of the Post Office in Bridlington Old Town and, more recently, West Hill, residents are worried Sandsacre will suffer the same fate.

Resident of Viking Road and secretary of the Pensioner Action Group East Riding (PAGER) Jean Wormwell said: “We need to know if the Post Office is going to remain open.

“At the moment, no one knows what is going on. A lot of people live in this area who are completely bewildered. We are worried about the future of the Post Office too after staff at the Marton Road branch told me it is going to close.

“It means a lot to residents and it would be very sad and frustrating if the worse case scenario happened.”

Bridlington North councillor Richard Harrap said: “I am aware of the situation and contacted the Post Office some time ago. They reassured me they were trying to resolve the situation. I would urge the Post Office to come to a solution as soon as possible for the people of the area.”

A Post Office spokesperson said: “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of Sandsacre Post Office. We would like to reassure customers that we are working hard to restore the service to the community as soon as possible and are committed to maintaining services in the area. In the meantime, customers can access Post Office services from any convenient Post Office branch, including Marton Road and Quay Road.

Sandsacre Newsagents declined to comment.