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Public views sought over plans to relocate post office in Lavenham

Views are being sought over plans to relocate the post office in Lavenham.

The Post Office has launched a public consultation to gain feedback on the proposal, which could see the mobile facility permanently housed at the visiting information point in Lady Street, which will open in January.

The site, formerly known as the Tourist Information Centre (TIC), had previously been earmarked for closure, but is now under the ownership of the parish council, which will run it as a community hub.

Parish council chairman Carroll Reevesaid the plans to relocate the post office would provide a permanent facility for the village.

“It’s a great improvement for residents,” he said, adding that if there is sufficient demand, the opening hours could be extended by an extra day to enable the post office to offer its services from Monday to Friday.

The current mobile service, which is being operated by a mobile van in Market Place, requires customers to queue up outside.

“A lot of people I know in the village will drive to surrounding villages to a post office because they’re inside and they don’t want to wait outside,” said Mr Reeve.

He said the proposal, which the parish council is in favour of implementing, will provide villagers with a reliable service.

“All the people in the village think it’s a good idea; it will be much more permanent,” said Mr Reeve.

“It will be a real major asset in the village.”

The former TIC site is to be renamed Past, Post and Presents.

The facility will offer an information point, retail goods and a post office service, if the plans are approved,

The consultation runs until January 22, but Mr Reeve is hopeful that a decision will be made before then, and is encouraging villagers to share their views.

“I hope people will take up the opportunity,” said Mr Reeve.

q Views can be submitted by going online at postofficeviews.co.uk, citing the branch code 713130.

Submissions can also be emailed to comments@postoffice.co.uk.

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