Return of post office?

ROBERTTOWN could have its own post office again following the closure of the facility three years ago.

Dozens of people went to a meeting last Thursday at All Saints Church to speak to Adrian Wales, Post Office Limited’s network development manager for the North East, about the problems caused by the lack of a post office in the village.

Spen MP Mike Wood, who organised the event, said: “The meeting was part of our campaign to keep the idea of a post office in Roberttown going.

“Mr Wales outlined the Post Office’s commitment to replacing the post office and answered people’s questions about how that might be achieved.

“We have to keep up the momentum. A few ideas came up and the Post Office is going to explore them.

“I am still hopeful we can get a post office in Roberttown. The consensus was that we are optimistic we are going to get one.”

Mr Wood said the previous post office closed when the owners left and nobody could be found to take over.

He said ideas at the meeting included the Post Office Plus service, where the facility would be housed inside another business.

He said: “This would replace 95 per cent of the services in the post office. I think this is acceptable and fair enough.

“We need to find that existing business that has enough space and the commitment to run it, or somebody who is looking to start a business who will have the Post Office Plus alongside it.

“There were some good ideas on the night. We are very hopeful and positive about it but we need to keep this momentum up now.”