The Post Office has had at least one “expression of interest” from a retailer wanting to take over running counter services in Uckfield town centre.
The “franchising” of the service would see the closure of the Crown Post Office and services provided from a counter within an existing shop or store.
A Post Office spokeswoman told UckfieldNews.com it had received, in total, 200 expressions of interest from individuals or companies covering all 70 locations affected by what it calls a “business transformation programme”. She declined to say how many of the “expressions of interest” were for Uckfield.
The Post Office will now review the applications to establish whether they are a suitable retailer with a large enough space to house a post office.
Once a proposal to move the office is made, staff will be informed and a six-week public consultation will be held. People’s views will be sought on the suitability of the new location and will help the Post Office ensure it has considered all the issues.
The spokeswoman said moving to the post office to share premises with a retail partner would strengthen both businesses.
Cllr Claire Dowling, county councillor for Uckfield and district councillor for Uckfield North, said she was encouraged that there had been at least one expression of interest to take over services in Uckfield.
She said: “It is important to ensure that there is a post office presence in the town centre and in the High Street. We need to keep a close eye on what is going on but it is encouraging so far for the people of Uckfield.”
Cllr Dowling said she would keep in touch and work with the Post Office when the next stage of consultations came and commented: “We could end up with enhanced services.”
Last week Uckfield Town Council asked MP Charles Hendry to step in to stop the closure of the Crown Post Office. Story here.