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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Hopes of new post office for village

A VILLAGE post office has closed, leaving residents without a vital service – but help could be on the way.

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Closure: The Post Office in Distington is now closed, with the post box sealed off

Distington post office closed last Wednesday.

A spokesperson said: “The premises housing Distington Post Office was withdrawn for Post Office use from July 23. We are working hard to find a permanent location for the Post Office and we hope to be able to provide further information on a proposed new location soon.

“We know how important Post Office services are to people in Distington and we are committed to maintaining services in the area.

“We apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused and thank them for their understanding.”

The Post Office has suggested customers can use alternative branches in Moresby Parks or Harrington – some miles away.

Now the sub-postmistress at Moresby Parks – Kerry Turner and her husband Jason – have agreed to offer a 16-hour-a-week service from a community facility in the village from September. The details are still being worked out.

They will still also be running the Moresby Parks Post Office as normal.

Jason said: “We wanted to try and help out as there is a lot of people there who may not leave the village very often. The Post Office is trying hard to push through the service for September.”

Dave Smith, development worker for Distington Big Local project, said: “It’s a real shame that there will be a gap in provision but we are looking forward to the reopening of the service in September.”

Meanwhile the post box at Distington Post Office has also been sealed up.

Royal Mail said this week: “Due to circumstances outside Royal Mail’s control, the post box at Distington Post Office has been sealed following notification received of the closure of the Post Office. The box is on private property and as a result of the closure, Royal Mail is no longer able to access the post box.

“We are working to replace the post box as quickly as possible but any new site is subject to underground utility cables and landowner searches. ”

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