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PLANS are being drawn up to move the Post Office in Southbourne to Emsworth.

The Post Office wants to move its branch from the Southern Co-operative store at Southbourne Service Station to 261 Main Road, Emsworth.

Regional network manager Greg Hutchinson said the planned move was part of a major modernisation programme across the Post Office network designed to make it easier for customers to get their business done.

Mr Hutchinson said that while he understood there might be concerns about the move, he assured residents the relocation would lead to a better standard of service.

He said: ‘We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in this area of Southbourne and we are confident that this new modern Post Office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.

‘This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office, and marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.’

The new branch would have a modern, open-plan layout with a till at the shop counter instead of from a separate screened counter.

The branch would be open from Monday to Saturday between 6am and 10pm and on Sunday from 7am to 10pm

Mr Hutchinson said: ‘This is an extra 65 hours a week of Post Office service including all-day Sunday and Saturday afternoon.

‘The branch would also open significantly earlier and close later every day for customer convenience.’

The Post Office has started a six-week consultation period where people can have their say on the plan.

The consultation will run until December 23, and submissions can be made by Freepost ‘your comments’ to Post Office Ltd, e-mail to comments@postoffice.co.uk, by the customer helpline on 03457 223 344 or Textphone 03457 223 355.

People can also share their views online through a questionnaire at postofficeviews.co.uk with the branch code 113937.