Hayling Island Post office praised for being benchmark of the community

From left Alan Mak MP and Andy Altendorff.
From left Alan Mak MP and Andy Altendorff.

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Hayling Island’s main post office has received a boost after Havant MP Alan Mak paid them a visit.

The office in Elm Grove, Mengham, has become the linchpin of its community, something that Mr Mak has praised, along with other services it now provides for its residents.

With the Natwest bank in Mengham announcing its closure, many residents and traders have expressed concern that local banking services may be affected.

The office’s postmaster Andy Altendorff demonstrated to the Conservative MP that the Post Office will offer a wide range of services to meet the people of Hayling’s needs.

Mr Mak was so impressed with the work of the post office staff, he has secured a commitment from the Post Office that both banking and postal services at the Mengham branch will be unaffected if the NatWest closure, planned for November, goes ahead.

The MP said: ‘The branch is popular with local people, and offers a wide range of personal and business banking services.

‘I’m glad to hear the branch is doing well because they’re an important part of community life, and they have my full support.

‘Whatever happens at NatWest, locals can rely on Andy and his team.’

Mr Mak has written to RBS Chief Executive Ross McEwan asking for a reversal of the closure decision and seeking a meeting for local traders and community representatives, which Mr Mak will chair in the autumn.

The Post Office was not involved in NatWest’s closure decision, but has stated that it is ready to assist the community with banking services should the closure go ahead.

Mr Altendorff said: ‘We’ll continue serving local residents and businesses regardless of what happens at NatWest.

‘For us, it’s business as usual.

‘It is great to have a hardworking, community-focused local MP such as Alan.’

The MP also had a chance to speak to residents who praised the work of Mr Altendorff and his staff.