New location for Post Office?

Brighouse Post Office, Wellington Arcade, exterior
Brighouse Post Office, Wellington Arcade, exterior

BRIGHOUSE Post Office could be on the move again - for the second time in five years.

The proposed move - from its current site at unit number 9 Wellington Arcade to the larger unit 1 - could mean longer opening hours and more retail opportunities.

Unit One, Wellington Arcade, Brighouse - new location of Brighouse Post Office.

Unit One, Wellington Arcade, Brighouse - new location of Brighouse Post Office.

Members of the public are now being consulted on the proposals and have until the end of January to give their views.

The move is part of a major modernisation programme across the Post Office network and Brighouse could be one of 6,000 branches to benefit.

Regional network manager Adrian Wales said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to Brighouse residents and we are confident the new branch will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.

“The proposals are part of a three-year investment programme which marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

The new Brighouse Post Office would have a mixture of open plan and traditional screened counter positions with PO products on sale during shop opening hours.

Opening hours would be extended by five hours to include Saturday afternoons.

The proposal has been welcomed by Coun Colin Stout (Ind., Brighouse) who said the current Post Office at unit 9 Wellington Arcade was unfit for purpose.

“Ever since it was relocated five years ago it has been totally inadequate. Customers have had to put up with long queues and crowded conditions at most times of the day and the access is difficult.

“Brighouse is a busy, vibrant town and deserves a better Post Office service. It is good news that Brighouse is one of the branches to benefit from this investment.”

The town’s former main Post Office in Park Street closed suddenly in 2007, leaving customers high and dry, before a branch was opened in a retail unit in the Wellington Arcade.

People can make their views known on the proposals by January 28 2013. Submissions can be made during the consultation period by Freepost YOUR COMMENTS to Post Office Ltd via email to comments@postoffice.co.uk or via the customer helpline at 08457 223344.