Locks Heath post office set for major refurbishment

REVAMP The post office at Locks Heath. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (124172-9451)
REVAMP The post office at Locks Heath. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (124172-9451)
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A VILLAGE Post Office will be transformed in a major revamp.

As part of plans to modernise the whole network, Locks Wood Post Office in Locks Heath will be shut for nine days for the work to be done.

When it reopens on Wednesday, January 16, it will have five serving positions – a mix of traditional screened counter positions and open plan.

The modernisation plans will see the post office extend its opening hours on a Saturday.

It will be open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday.

Post Office regional network manager Mark Lawrence said: ‘We understand how important having a post office is to residents in Locks Heath.

‘We’re confident that this new modern service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.’

He added: ‘The modernisation is part of a three-year investment program, the largest in the history of the Post Office.

‘This investment makes a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.’

The program will see around half of the Post Office network upgraded in the next three years.

Andrew Grover, owner of nearby Locks Heath Butchers, said: ‘It’s good. It needs a bit of sorting out. I wouldn’t say it’s an old post office but it will be nice when it’s revamped.’

Paula Whalley, manager of nearby shop From the Heart, said: ‘It gets so busy in that post office that I tend to use the one at Park Gate instead.

‘If this improves customer flow, then it’s a good thing.’

It will be closed for refurbishment from Monday, January 7 to Tuesday, January 15.

During the refurbishment the nearest offices are Titchfield Post Office, 32 The Square, Titchfield, and Park Gate Post Office, The Co-op, 26 Bridge Road, Park Gate, Southampton.