Future of Willingdon Post Office still looks uncertain

Freshwater Square, shops to be closing down March 1st 2013 E10013P'The Post Office

Freshwater Square, shops to be closing down March 1st 2013 E10013P'The Post Office

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The Post Office has reassuring the people of Willingdon that it is doing all it can to keep the Hamlands branch.

The sub-postmaster of the Post Office in Freshwater Square is shortly due to retire and there has been concern the branch will close.

This comes after the Post Office in Willingdon village was shut around six years ago.

People in the area would have a 15-minute walk up to Polegate Triangle to the next nearest service.

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd said the Post Office was ‘vital’ for local people earlier this month.

Mr Lloyd also told the Gazette he had been contacted by residents, who were dismayed to hear it may face closure.

Local traders in the square also see it as a valuable facility for the area.

The Post Office said it was in discussions to keep the post office open.

This week, a Post Office spokesperson said, “We are doing all we can to ensure customers continue to have access to Post Office services and are trying very hard to achieve this without loss of service.

“We will let our customers know as soon as there are any developments; any relocation of the Post Office would of course be subject to a public consultation”.