Postal boost for village as new site set to open

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A DONCASTER village post office which shut down over a year ago will reopen temporarily in new premises.

Highfields Post Office, which was previously based in South Street, will reopen inside Highfields General Store on Market Street – 200 yards from its former site – in August.

The original branch closed in March 2011 because the premises were no longer available for use.

The new site is being opened as a trial, and village politicians are urging people to use it to increase its chances of being kept on in the long term after the trial period is completed.

Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband welcomed the news.

He said: “This facility will provide a real boost for the Highfields area – and will be a relief for many after last year’s closure.

“For too long residents have had to travel to branches in either Woodlands or Sunnyfields.

“The new post office will be a valuable resource and I hope residents will support it.”

Great North Road ward councillor Debbie Hutchinson, who was involved in the campaign to re-open the branch, is also pleased with the move.

She said: “Lots of people will benefit from the new branch. Unfortunately this is only a trial.

“The Post Office has promised to review the situation in a year and decide whether or not to make it permanent. The best way to make that happen is for residents to use the new branch as frequently as possible.”

In a letter to Mr Miliband and Coun Hutchinson, Post Office officials said the new service, known as Post Office Local, will be ‘leaner’ than the traditional service.

It stated: “Post Office Local is a new concept for delivering Post Office services from the premises of an established outlet.

“The service will operate from a newly formatted open-plan counter that will offer a range of key products and services alongside retail transactions.

“Highfield General Store offers a large selection of convenience products.

“Post Office customers will benefit from the extensive opening hours provided by our operator, including Saturday afternoon and Sunday opening, and also from longer opening times throughout the week.”