Comeback in store for post office

POST office services are to be restored to a community near Blyth this spring after almost a year’s wait.

Cowpen Post Office closed on a temporary basis in May after the subpostmaster in charge of it resigned.

That also meant the shop unit in Briardale Road formerly home to the post office was no longer available for use.

Ten months on, a new post office is now set to open in a convenience store just yards away from the old one, however.

It will be at 21G Briardale Road, ten yards from the branch’s previous location, and it will run on a trial basis for a year, starting on Monday, March 14.

The so-called local service will be provided from an open-plan counter, with a range of post office products and services being offered alongside retail transactions.

Opening hours will be the same as the store, 8am to 8pm from Monday to Saturday.

Field change adviser Ian Carlton said: “I’m sure customers will be delighted that we are reopening a post office service in Cowpen.

“This is a new way for us to deliver post office services from an established outlet, and we believe it is the best option for restoring services to the community.

“During the trial, we will monitor whether this service meets the needs of the local community, and its success will rely to a great extent on residents using it on a regular basis.”