LOCALS HAVE until June 23 to put forward their views on a relocation for the Post Office in Greenfield.
The current location on Chew Valley Road is due to close as postmistress Mandy Gorey is set to retire and no replacement could be found.
However, a successful campaign by Richard Knowles, former Oldham Council leader, Saddleworth Parish Councillor Alan Belmore and OMBC Councillor John McCann helped save the vital services.
Now there is a six-week consultation until June 23 so customers and interested parties can give their comments on the planned move to Greenfield Newsagents.
Plans would see the shop move just 380 metres down the road from its current spot at 32-34 Chew Valley Road to 125 Chew Valley Road.
The new location would offer a modern, local-style branch with an open-plan till, with a wide range of Post Office services available, as well as banking services for individuals and small businesses.
The branch would open from 5am-6pm Monday to Friday, 5am-3pm Saturday and 5am-1pm on Sunday, all with no lunchtime closing – offering an extra 42 hours.
Delighted with the planned move, Dr Knowles said: “It has taken many months of lobbying and a site meeting in the newsagents to obtain Post Office Ltd’s agreement.
“Public services are vital for the life and vitality of our village communities and I am delighted for all residents in Greenfield that our campaign has succeeded.”
Cllr Belmore, who lives in Greenfield, added: “This is fantastic news. Everyone who lives in the village knows how important the Post Office is and what a fantastic job Mandy has done.”
The existing Post Office is being converted into a house so a new postmaster and new premises had to be found.
The proposed move is part of major modernisation programme across the Post Office network designed to make it easier for customers to do business, through longer opening hours and modern open plan environments.
Submissions can be made during the public consultation by Freepost YOUR COMMENTS to Post Office Ltd, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling the Customer Helpline on 03457 22 33 44 or Textphone 03457 22 33 55.
Customers can also share their views online through the quick and easy questionnaire at postofficeviews.co.uk with the branch code 169424.