Solution found over sorry Post Office saga

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SPALDING’S main post office will make a short move along Winsover Road, after bosses came to an agreement with the Lincolnshire Co-op over its future.

Last week the Post Office announced that the Winsover Centre branch would close temporarily, with talks ongoing to find a new home when the Co-op closes its foodstore, home department and coffee shop on February 21.

However, yesterday it emerged that talks between the Co-op and the Post Office last week have led to an agreement, and the Co-op will now run a post office from 7a Winsover Road – next door to the society’s travel branch, which will stay in its current location.

The branch will still have to close on February 21, but the Co-op says it hopes to have its new outlet open by the following week.

Lincolnshire Co-op chief executive Ursula Lidbetter said: “Throughout this process, we’ve been keen to continue running the post office because we know it is really important to people in Spalding.

“We’re delighted that Post Office Ltd has now accepted our offer to carry on the service at a new unit at the Winsover site.”

The Co-op will pay the cost of the relocation.

The news brings to an end a period of confusion surrounding the busy branch – with the Co-op saying it wanted to keep the branch and the Post Office looking into options to take it elsewhere.

The Post Office will now hold a six week public consultation on changes to the service.

The deal was welcomed by South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes.

He said: “This is excellent news for Spalding and all the people and businesses that rely on easily accessible postal services being available in the heart of the town.

“This is particularly important for the elderly, vulnerable and those that do not have access to private transport. The next step is to ensure a seamless transition from the existing site to the new unit with the minimum of disruption for local people and businesses.”