Chard Post Office could be on the move

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POST Office users are being asked their views on plans to move Chard Post Office 150 metres up Fore Street.

People are being asked what they think of plans to shut the existing branch in Fore Street and opening up in an empty building just down the road.

A public consultation is underway until January 27 about siting the outlet in a cards and stationery shop due to open in 12 Fore Street.

Will Russell, Post Office regional network manager (South), said: “We understand how important having a post office is to residents in this area of Chard and we are confident the new branch will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.

“The modernisation is part of a major investment programme to convert the Post Office network to new-style branches.

“This investment – the largest in the history of the Post Office – makes a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

The new post office would have four serving positions – two openplan, one modern, screened counter and a Post Office serving point.

Opening hours would be extended by six hours a week to 8am to 6pm Mondays to Saturdays and 8.30am to 1pm on Sundays.

Chard Mayor Cllr Jenny Kenton welcomes the move from the existing premises at 37-39 Fore Street. She said: “I will be happy to see the larger shop taken up as it is in the very centre of the town and has been empty for a long time.

“The current post office is small and it is difficult to shop when there is a queue. “Of course, it does mean there will be another empty shop further down, so we do not gain, although it will possibly be taken up by a smaller retailer in the near future.”

County councillor Jill Shortland said: “I am relieved that we will still have a post office in Chard town centre because at some point there was discussion that we might lose it.

“My instinctive reaction is, ‘Thank you for keeping the post office open’, but then I think 'for how long?' “What concerns me is if they move into the premises as part of another shop and that shop moves, we could lose the Post Office from the town centre.

“We need that draw to keep the town centre alive and I am still nervous that it could move out of town in the future.”

  • HAVE your say on the proposals by writing to FREEPOST, Post Office Ltd, e-mail comments@post office.co.uk, phone 08457-223344, textphone 08457-223355 or go online at www.postofficeviews.co.uk and enter branch code 185549. 

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2:17pm Sat 14 Dec 13

kelvinawake says...

Moving the post office to the property next to the new Morrison's will just add to the parking problems for the Disabled and Taxi Drivers ... We have a battle keeping lazy shoppers from parking on the Taxi Rank... The Rank is Private Property and not the Highway and Motorist have NO legal right to park or wait there ... as the signs say No Waiting at Any time except for Taxi's ... Your Risk if you park on the rank, No Insurance unless you have a Taxi Licence... You could get blocked in by taxis that have a right to wait there as long as they like. Your reg will be taken and South Somerset District Council will warn you not to park there the first time and if your details are reported again then you can receive a fixed parking penalty ...If you park on the Disabled Area the same applies Unless you have a Blue Badge you have NO right to park there.... Just because that area is clear its No excuse for you to park and take that parking place away from someone who really needs it..... Think of Others and not just your needs....
Moving the post office to the property next to the new Morrison's will just add to the parking problems for the Disabled and Taxi Drivers ... We have a battle keeping lazy shoppers from parking on the Taxi Rank... The Rank is Private Property and not the Highway and Motorist have NO legal right to park or wait there ... as the signs say No Waiting at Any time except for Taxi's ... Your Risk if you park on the rank, No Insurance unless you have a Taxi Licence... You could get blocked in by taxis that have a right to wait there as long as they like. Your reg will be taken and South Somerset District Council will warn you not to park there the first time and if your details are reported again then you can receive a fixed parking penalty ...If you park on the Disabled Area the same applies Unless you have a Blue Badge you have NO right to park there.... Just because that area is clear its No excuse for you to park and take that parking place away from someone who really needs it..... Think of Others and not just your needs.... kelvinawake

7:49pm Sat 14 Dec 13

petra60 says...

I understand your frustration kelvinawake at people parking in restricted areas, but maybe our council could stretch their imagination and give the taxpayers free parking from 3pm onwards, it would assist parents picking up their children from school and enabling them to shop in the town at the same time.
I understand your frustration kelvinawake at people parking in restricted areas, but maybe our council could stretch their imagination and give the taxpayers free parking from 3pm onwards, it would assist parents picking up their children from school and enabling them to shop in the town at the same time. petra60

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