No Post Office franchise in Woodley district of Romsey

In the Woodley district of Romsey, Post Office bosses have suspended services.

The closure of the Great Woodley Post Office last August in Warren Gardens following a routine audit, caused great concern and anger in the area.

Residents have been forced to catch the bus, walk, or drive to the town centre to collect their pension and perform other transactions.

At Warren Gardens, a campaign was established to restore the service or move the Post Office to substitute premises in the area.

In spite of public opinion, Post Office chiefs stayed silent over how long their inquest would take and when the closure would end.

A Post Office spokesman said they are going to advertise the vacant franchise, at or close to the current location and any interested party with appropriate premises will be able to apply.

This will delight over 350 residents, who have signed an appeal calling for the sub-post office franchise to be honoured, to storeowner Siddharth Patel, who runs T&M Convenience Stores, in Viney Avenue.

According to Mr Patel, the community was suffering because of the loss of Post office facilities in the local area. He is willing to start a Post Office in his shop and knows that many people want him to do so.