Willingdon’s Post Office under threat

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

The Post Office in Freshwater Square, Willingdon, has been threatened with closure .

The current owner of the property, who has been there for many years and is very popular locally, is planning to sell the business which houses the sub post office. The Post Office is looking for a new private buyer who will take on the role of sub postmaster.

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd said he would help the Post Office in its search for a new sub postmaster for the long term premises in Freshwater Square.

Mr Lloyd said, “It is absolutely vital that we find a new sub postmaster to run the post office in Freshwater Square. This post office provides an invaluable service for Willingdon residents, some of whom have contacted me to express their dismay at the possibility of it closing. People in Willingdon must be able to rely on post offices offering everyday services close to home.”

He added, “I will therefore be doing everything in my power to support the Post Office in its search for a new owner who will ensure that this sub post office remains open long into the future.

“I’ve already written to the chief executive at the Post Office to offer my help and support.”

Monty’s Pet Shop is shutting its doors and is next to Lavender Blue, a gift and card shop which has been closed for some time.

While many of the independent businesses agree it is always sad to see businesses close, they feel the area still has potential.

Richard Brown, the owner of the butchers, said, “There is plenty of potential here and there is free parking, which is something people like.”

David Feltham is about to open a cafe in Freshwater Square and he says the locals have been very positive.

“The locals tell me there was a cafe and bakery here before which did very well. The shop next to me [Lavender Blue] has also been taken.

“That is going to become a charity shop.”