The first positive step to preserving a Post Office facility in Greenfield has been taken.
But it could be up to six months before Saddleworth’s largest village knows if the move has been successful.
The Independent understands a formal application to takeover the business has been submitted by the owner of Greenfield’s newsagents on Chew Valley Road, Mr M Abid.
And the standard public consultation procedure is expected to start soon.
There could also be a second application after it has emerged the Premier store, also on Chew Valley Road, has revived initial interest in the project.
There is strong local support to prevent the loss of another community facility.
The Greenfield and Grasscroft Residents’ Association, have lobbied MP Debbie Abrahams and former Mayor of Oldham, Richard Knowles, is also keeping pressure on Post Office bosses.
“What matters for Greenfield’s residents is that we retain a Post Office which is why Parish Councillor, Alan Belmore, Borough Councillor, John McCann, and myself have been campaigning so hard to achieve this.”
Greenfield’s current Post Office is due to close after sub post mistress, Mandy Gorey, submitted plans to turn the Chew Valley establishment into a residential property.
A Post Office spokesman said: “We would like to reassure customers the Post Office is committed to maintaining a Post Office service in Greenfield and are continuing to work hard to ensure this.
“We are seeking alternative premises for the post office and we will continue to discuss the business opportunity with a potential local retailer.”
Meanwhile, the ATM outside Greenfield Post Office has been removed and the space boarded up.
Despite the possible inconvenience, there are two more cash machines nearby at Tesco’s.