WEST Somerset’s MP has voiced his delight that Exford will post office services restored after a two-month gap.

The new village post office will start operating next Friday, July 5 in the Exford Bridge Tea Rooms.

Though this is only a temporary measure; Post Office officials say the search is still ongoing for a new, permanent home for the facility.

But Mr Liddell-Grainger said even a temporary office would be greeted with enormous relief in the village.

“I know the closure of the former post office was due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control,” he said.

“But the post office is one of those essential services which any village should be able to offer though perhaps one many people only really appreciate when it is not available.

“I am delighted the local community has come together to provide a stop-gap solution to a problem which has seen Exford deprived of a whole range of services since April.

“I am sure, given the can-do spirit of the local community, that a permanent home for the Exford post office will be identified and established before too long.”

Exford Post Office has re-opened at a new location: Exford Bridge Tea Rooms, Chapel Lane, Exford, TA24 7PY.

Matt Walls, the Post Office change manager, said: “The previous branch at Park Street, Minehead, TA24 7PP closed temporarily in April 2019, due to circumstances beyond our control.”

The Postmaster for Watchet will provide a hosted outreach service at the Tea Rooms every Friday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.