Post Office seals future

Eccleston Post Office at The Carrington Centre

Eccleston Post Office at The Carrington Centre

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Relieved customers and staff are celebrating a bigger and better new Post Office for their village.

At one point it was feared Eccleston might lose its Post Office following the redevelopment of the Carrington Centre shopping parade in the village.

Some traders moved as a result of uncertainty over the development.

But Post office bosses have gone ahead with plans for a new Post Office which will open in the Carrington Centre just fifty metres from the current one in the centre this autumn.

Building is under way and when completed in November, the new building will be a bright, modern cards and stationery store that incorporates a main Post Office with three serving positions, which will be a mixture of one screened, two open plan.

Eccleston Post Mistress Lisa Jackson said everyone was looking forward to the new opening.

“Yes, we certainly are,” she said. “It’s been a long period of uncertainty while the plans were going through for the Carrington Centre.

“So we are relieved and pleased, and the customers are certainly relieved they are still going to have a post office in the village and also it’s going to be much improved.”

She added: “At the moment, it’s pretty difficult trading conditions because they are on with the building and we’re keeping trading while it’s going on.

“They’ve had to demolish part of the Carrington Centre to make way for the new building and move some of the tenants around. There was a question mark at one point whether, if the plans were rejected, the landlord would continue with the retail development at all. Some retailers who were in the Carrington Centre left.

“But Eccleston Post Office has always been in Eccleston, we’re very well supported. There was some doubt, if the redevelopment didn’t go ahead, these retail businesses would cease.

“My customers are looking forward to it opening because it will be such an improvement.”

The new Post Office will have Saturday opening hours extended by five hours; a modern open-plan retail environment; and a wide range of Post Office® services available.

Post Office Regional Network Manager for Central England, Adrian Wales, said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Eccleston and we are confident that this new modern branch will meet the needs of the community and secure services for the future.”

He added: “The proposed changes to the branch are part of a three-year investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office, that will see around 6,000 branches (about half the Post Office network) converting to new style branches. The investment marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”