Residents reassured over future of service

Wooler High Street with the post office on the right.

Wooler High Street with the post office on the right.

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Rumours that the post office in a north Northumberland village is under threat have been quashed.

Concerns have been circulating in Wooler that there is a risk the post office may close, but this has been attributed to discussions ongoing with all postmasters over the service’s modernisation programme.

A Post Office spokeswoman said: “The Post Office is investing in all branches to help improve their profitability and also benefit our customers through longer opening hours and modern retail environments. We are currently talking to postmasters across the UK, including at Wooler Post Office, about this.

“Customers should be assured that the Post Office is committed to maintaining their post-office service.”

In 2014, a number of post offices in north Northumberland have seen changes with, in several cases, moves to new premises leading to longer opening hours.

In March, Belford’s post-office building closed and the service moved into the Co-op on West Street, with the new branch open from 7am to 10pm, Monday to Sunday.

That same month, Longhoughton’s post office moved to the Spar, meaning services are available from 7.30am to 9pm, seven days a week.

In September, MP Sir Alan Beith officially opened the new post-office facility in Seahouses, based in Corklee News.

Then in November, a consultation was launched on moving Shilbottle’s facility into the K-Chem Pharmacy at Grange Road.