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CONSULATION FOR BRADING POST OFFICE

darkhorsepostofficebradingFollowing the closure of The Dark Horse pub in Brading, the Post Office are now holding a six-week consultation period on the proposed new location of Brading’s Post Office service.

It is proposed that the town’s Post Office re-opens at a new locaiton – The Brading Centre in West Street.

Brading Post Office, which was formerly located at The Bullring in Brading, temporarily re-opened at The Dark Horse Pub on the High Street in December to restore a service in the area, however unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond their control, the public house closed leaving the Post Office without a trading post.

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The outreach service at The Dark Horse had been provided by a hosted-service, whereby a subpostmaster from a nearby core post office visits a community at fixed times and offered a service from a ‘host’ location – namely Godshill Post Office.

postofficeGodshill Post Office subpostmaster, Michael Bulpitt, who is also Chief Executive of Community Action Isle of Wight, has been successful in reaching an agreement with Brading Town Council to operate a hosted outreach service at The Brading Centre and is now starting a six week local public consultation about the proposal.

Post Office Regional Network Manager for South & East England, Mark Lawrence, said:

“We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Brading. We are sorry about disruption to Post Office services in Brading in recent times and we believe The Brading Centre would be a great location and should safeguard Post Office services for the town.”

Opening hours at the proposed new location would be Monday: 12.00 – 15.00; Wednesday: 09.00 – 13.00; Friday 15.00 – 18.00.

During the public consultation Post Office Ltd welcomes feedback on any issues customers would like considered before a final decision is taken on this proposal.

The consultation will close on 21 June 2013.

Submissions can be made during the consultation by Freepost YOUR COMMENTS to Post Office Ltd, via email to [email protected], via the Customer Helpline: 08457 22 33 44 or Textphone 08457 22 33 55.

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