Post Office 'unable to fund' new counter for Buglawton
On-going concerns about the lack of post offices in Congleton continue after it emerged there were no funds to introduce a replacement branch in Buglawton.
It was hoped that McColl's on St Johns Road could have been an alternative location after the post office counter in the Go Bargain store, on Havannah Street, closed in March due to “operational reasons”.
However McColl's has now confirmed that the Post Office was unable to fund an alternative branch.
The retail firm had been contacted by a resident who asked if it could help following the closure of the Go Bargain post office counter.
McColl's told the resident, who wanted to remain anonymous, that it had contacted the Post Office to see whether it could open a counter at the St Johns Road store.
But in its response to her McColl's said: “Unfortunately Post Office Ltd are unable to fund/ partially fund the installation of a post office at this point.
“Typically a post office will cost circa £28,000 to build; hopefully the fundraising will improve in the future.
“I have asked the Post Office Ltd to keep me informed on the funding front and if anything changes we will explore this opportunity in more detail.”
The resident said of the decision: “We shouldn't be surprised.”
There have been growing concerns about the distance post office customers, especially older people and those without transport, have to travel in Congleton to reach a branch.
Speaking to the Chronicle in July, a Post Office spokesperson said: “We understand how important a post office is to a community and we are committed to providing a post office in the area.”
No replacement has been found in Congleton town centre since the closure of the branch at the former Bargain Booze on Mill Street.
Local branches that remain open are: Hightown Post Office and McColl's, West Heath.
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