Future still uncertain for Post Office in Springhead

THE future of post office services in Springhead still hangs in the balance after the closure of the high street branch last month.

 

Teresa Collingwood at Springhead Post Office

Sub-postmaster Barry Collingwood, who ran the branch on Oldham Road with his wife Teresa for 18 years, closed the premises on April 4 after a severe skiing accident.

A petition was launched in a bid to relocate a popular post office into a nearby shop or empty premises.

And Barbara Beeley, chair of the Springhead and Lees Community Association, said they have also offered to help.
She explained: “We offered to have a post office outreach service at the community centre so we could at least keep a presence and some services.

“But the Post Office said that is not a viable option as they only do it for rural areas.

“I understand they have visited the area and are actively seeking new premises so hopefully something will happen.”

She raised concerns that Lees Post Office is also up for sale so both post offices could disappear from the community.

On closing the Springhead branch, Mr Collingwood, 70, said: “We have been trying to find a suitable alternative location for the post office for the last four years without success.

“We appreciate what a great loss this is to Springhead and we apologise for the great inconvenience it will cause our valued customers.”

Mrs Collingwood, 66, added: “We would like to thank all our customers and many friends who have supported us over the last 18 years.”

A Post Office spokesperson said: “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of Springhead Post Office following the retirement of the Postmaster and the withdrawal of premises for Post Office use.

“We understand how important a Post Office can be to a community and would like to reassure customers that we are working hard to restore services to them as soon as possible.

“Lees Post Office is currently run by temporary postmaster, while we seek a permanent solution and branch is currently being advertised on our Run a Post Office website.

“Any retailer or small business owner interested in running the Post Office and incorporating it into their business should ring 0845 266 8790 and talk to an advisor or email NTquestions@postoffice.co.uk or visit
www.runapostoffice.co.uk.”

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