MP hopes Stainforth residents will have Post Office say

Labour leader Ed Milliband in Ilkeston.
Labour leader Ed Milliband in Ilkeston.

An MP is urging people to have their say on plans to move a Doncaster village post office.

The proposals would see the Old Village Post Office, in Stainforth, move from its current location on Thorne Road into the neighbouring McColl’s shop.

It would mean opening hours at the branch being almost tripled.

Ed Miliband, who represents Stainforth in Parliament, wants residents to make their views known.

He said: “The Post Office is now inviting people to give their comments on the move as part of a six-week public consultation, which ends on December 13.

“The branch in Stainforth, as in most areas around Doncaster, is an integral part of community life – so it’s important it meets the needs of people in the area.

“I’d urge people to get involved, tell the Post Office what they think of the proposed move and make sure their voices are heard.”

Should the move go ahead, the ‘new-style branch’ would be open from 7am to 11pm Monday to Sunday – 70 hours more than are currently offered.

The plan is part of a nationwide modernisation programme by Post Office bosses.

Earlier this month Mr Miliband officially opened the newly-refurbished Post Office in Moorends.

In a letter to Mr Miliband, Adrian Wales, Regional Network Manager at the Post Office, said: “The move of this branch is part of a three-year investment and support programme.” Mr Wales urged people who use the branch to “tell us what you think about the suitability of the proposed new location.”

To comment, visit postofficeviews.co.uk and enter branch number 21231199.

Alternatively contact the Post Office 08457 22 33 44, or email comments@postoffice.co.uk.