HAILSHAM: Consultation on plans to relocate town Post Office

The Co-op in North Street
The Co-op in North Street

ROYAL Mail has launched a public consultation over plans to relocate Hailsham’s Post Office to a nearby premises on the High Street.

The Post Office, which is currently based within the Co-op supermarket, The Quintins in North Street, started to advertise for a new franchise partner to run the Hailsham branch after the Co-operative Group said it no longer wished to operate the postal service once its lease expired.

Pipers Newsagents has now been appointed as the new agent and will incorporate the Post Office within its shop on Hailsham High Street in March subject to public consultation.

A Post Office spokesperson said, “Our priority is to safeguard Post Office services to the local community in the longer term.

The relocation of Hailsham Post Office will allow us to maintain access to Post Office services in Hailsham.

“The new service will offer the same range of Post Office products and services over the same range of opening times.

“The premises will have level access with a wide automatic door. Internally there will be a low-level serving counter, a low-level writing desk, space for a wheelchair and a hearing loop.

“There is a car park adjacent to the nearby shopping centre and roadside parking is available outside the premises.”

A spokesperson for The Co-operative Group said the store would continue trading as usual once its contract with the post office ended.

Customers have until Tuesday March 29 to submit their comments for consideration before a final decision is taken on this proposal.

Submissions can be made during the consultation by post to Post Office Ltd, c/o National Consultation Team, PO Box 2060, WATFORD WD18 8ZW, via email to consultation@postoffice.co.uk, via the Customer Helpline: 08457 2233 44 or Textphone 08457 22 33 55.