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Marton Post Office to move 1.5 miles to Princethorpe

Rugby Editorial 28th Jan, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

MARTON could become the latest village to lose its Post Office after plans were revealed to move the branch around 1.5 miles away to Princethorpe.

The Post Office announced the branch will move to Princethorpe Service Station on Oxford Road, around three minutes drive or 25 minutes walk away from the current branch – but will be open for 90 hours a week longer, including weekends.

The company described the new branch as a ‘modern open-plan local-style branch integrated into the retail counter instead of a separate screened counter’.

The new branch would open from 7am-11pm on Monday to Friday and from 8am-11pm on Saturday and Sunday. The current branch opens from 9.15am-1.15pm on Monday to Friday. A bus service runs between the two villages six times a day from Monday to Saturday.

A Post Office spokesman said: “The proposed move is part of a modernisation programme designed to make it easier for customers through longer opening hours and modern open plan environments.”

Regional Manager Will Russell added: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Marton and we are confident that this new modern Post Office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.”

Coun Emma Crane, borough ward councillor for Leam Valley, said: “Villages, particularly rural ones, are always sad and disappointed to lose any kind of local community service like the Post Office.

“For those people – particularly the elderly – who perhaps use it for picking up pensions, it is obviously something that will be missed.

“However, it is good that it is not being lost altogether. I think it’s better to have it somewhere nearby than to lose it altogether.”

Coun David Fry, Chairman of Marton Parish Council, explained the move has been known to them for around a year, and it had been feared the service would be lost altogether had the Service Station not stepped in to house the new branch.

He said: “There was a discussion in the village about alternatives, but it didn’t realistically look as if it would happen, and then the service station stuck their head over the parapet. So we embraced that idea, because otherwise we were going to end up with nothing.

“From Marton’s point of view, its obviously not as good as what we’ve got, but it’s far better than what we might have had.”

He added talks were in the early stages for a ‘pop-up’ Post Office in Marton which would open once or twice a week, for those who have transport difficulties.

The Post Office is now inviting the public to comment on the move in a public consultation, which ends on March 10.

Send comments via the questionnaire at (use branch code 415246), via email to [email protected], via the Customer Helpline on 03457 22 33 44, via Textphone on 03457 22 33 55, or by Freepost to YOUR COMMENTS, Post Office Ltd.

Last week, the Heart of England Co-operative Society announced the Long Lawford Post Office – which is housed in the retailer’s village shop – would close on Friday February 26, despite a petition of over 700 signatures opposing the move.

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