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Glemsford seeking retailer to take over Post Office services after village branch terminated

Babergh District Councillor Michael Holt (5794244)
Babergh District Councillor Michael Holt (5794244)

Retail businesses willing to offer a post office facility within their store in Glemsford are being invited to apply online.

The village has been left without a post office since July. The facility in Fair Green is now permanently closed, after the postmaster’s contract was terminated.

Michael Holt, district councillor for Glemsford and Stanstead, highlighted the importance of the service to the village.

“People rely on the post office, not only for their pensions, but other services, too,” he said.

Cllr Holt warned that, if the facility is not reinstated, people would be forced to travel to the nearest post office for the foreseeable future.

“It would have a huge impact on Glemsford; it’s a facility that’s needed,” he said.

People have travelling to Clare or Long Melford, which are the nearest villages with a post office.

He added that the elderly and those less mobile would be most affected by the inconvenience.

A Post Office spokeswoman said: “We understand how important post office services are to a community, and would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of Glemsford post office.

“We always want to maintain post office services, and would like to reassure our customers that we are currently exploring opportunities to restore services to the area as soon as possible.”

The spokesman added that they would welcome applications from any businesses interested in housing a post office.

Richard Kemp, independent county councillor for Glemsford, who called for the service to be reinstated several months ago, explained that the continued absence of a post office had impacted a large number of customers.

“I’m very disappointed about what’s happened because Glemsford isn’t a small village – it’s only marginally smaller then Long Melford,” he said. “This is a big loss to avillage that is quickly expanding.”

Applications to become a postmaster can be submitted by going online to https://runapostoffice.co.uk/home/result/show/glemsford-post-office-co10-7ph.

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