Efforts are being stepped up to bring a post office back to a Northumberland town.
Northumberland County Council is continuing its work to find a resolution to the problem in Newbiggin.
The facility in the town closed in August 2015. Since then, the council and Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery have pushed for its reinstatement.
However, the authority has stressed it is ultimately a decision that is out of its hands and is subject to Post Office processes and decisions.
In the latest developments, an application for a new post office is now complete and is being assessed by the organisation.
Negotiations are on-going with the applicant.
Local county councillor and deputy business chairman Liz Simpson said: “We have done all we can behind the scenes to push for a new facility.
“We remain in close contact with the post office to lobby strongly for the appointment of a new post master, which would see the return of the service.
“We have raised the possibility of a new post office being relocated elsewhere in the town, but this can’t be explored whilst an applicant is in place.
“We are all hoping that the process can be completed as soon as possible, but ultimately this is a commercial transaction currently being resolved by the Post Office.”