During the next 6 weeks there will be a public consultation so that anyone who is interested can look at the plans and give vital feedback. The idea of the consultation process is to make sure that the local residents and community will get maximum benefit from re-opening a post office in the village.
In many places in England, especially in more rural areas like the Island, post offices already offer much more than the traditional services. A branch in the Cotswolds, for example, provides free internet access. The Post Office already provides 170 different services and products spanning financial services including savings, insurance, loans, mortgages and credit cards. It also offers foreign currency; travel insurance and mail services.
Mr Turner said:
“Due to the rural nature of our Island, communities and villages like Whippingham, find the local post office provides a vital service. The amount of help you can get from simply popping down to your local post office is astonishing and it is why the humble post office is often at the heart of any community. The older generation especially, many of whom may not have internet access, will benefit through the new services post offices provide”.