Post Office set to relocate with longer opening hours

Post Office 326 Seaside SUS-150801-095233001
Post Office 326 Seaside SUS-150801-095233001

The Post Office has revealed plans to move its Seaside branch further down the road, into a Spar store.

The Post Office Branch, which is at 326 Seaside, will move to 269 Seaside, where it will open as a modern open-plan main-style branch with significantly longer opening hours.

The new store will have longer opening hours and new facilities, but not everyone is pleased with the news.

Resident James Alderich said the current branch had been open for at least 40 years and he was sad to see it go.

“It has always been very busy,” he said. “It has always been a boon to us here. It is very well used. It is going to be missed very much. It’s a family post office and everybody knows each other.”

The new branch is set to be renamed Eastbourne Post Office, and should the move go ahead, the branch would open Monday to Friday from 7am – 10pm, Saturday from 7am to 11pm and Sunday from 7am to 10pm.

The proposed new location is 326 metres from its current site and is with the current postmaster’s agreement.

Post Office regional network manager Will Russell said, “We understand how important having a Post Office is to Eastbourne residents. We are confident this new modern branch will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future. The modernisation is part of a major investment programme to convert the Post Office network to new-style branches. This investment, the largest in the history of the Post Office, makes a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

The Post Office is now inviting customers and interested parties to give their comments on the move in a six week public consultation.

The consultation will close on February 17. Submissions can be made during the consultation by Freepost to Post Office Ltd, via email to comments@postoffice.co.uk, via the Customer Helpline on 08457 22 33 44 or Textphone 08457 22 33 55.

Customers can also share their views on online at www.postofficeviews.co.uk with the branch code 21490799.