Andrew receives update on Westbury Post Office closure

After contacting Post Office regarding the branch closure in Westbury, Andrew has received the following response:

'You may recall we were in touch previously about the search for a new Post Office operator for Westbury at which point we had interest from a local retailer in incorporating Post Office into their business.  Sadly, and after several meetings with the party, they decided not to pursue that interest in making a formal application.  The local field team have advised that to their knowledge Aldi have not expressed any interest in incorporating a Post Office into their new retail store.  This retailer is not a current partner offering Post Office services from any of its stores across the UK. 

'In terms of the very latest situation, last week the local Network Operations Manager met with three potentially interested parties all of whom have premises in Westbury to talk about opening a local style branch.  Following feedback from previous interested parties, we have decided to remodel the Post Office opportunity in Westbury from a Main style branch to a two-position Local style branch.  It is felt that the larger space required in a retail shop of a Mains style branch has been a significant contributory factor as to why previous initial interest had not resulted in a formal application.  Following last week’s site meetings and further discussions, two of the parties are interested in applying for the opportunity.  We have arranged for the relevant paperwork to be sent out to the business owners.  In the meantime, the branch is currently live on our business opportunities website, at:

'In closing, I trust the above is helpful in explaining the situation and our efforts to restore services locally.  In the meantime, please accept my sincere apologies for the time it is taking to restore Post Office services to the community and for any inconvenience caused to local customers as a result of the temporary closure of the former Post Office.  We remain committed to see services restored to Westbury as soon as possible.'

Andrew will remain in contact with Post Office and will provide a further update when a branch location has been identified.