Frustration over delays to opening of new Gosport Post Office

Cllr Mark Hook
Cllr Mark Hook
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COUNCILLORS have told of their frustration over delays to the opening of Gosport’s new post office.

The branch in High Street was due to open yesterday but problems with a leaking roof has seen it put off for a couple of weeks.

Councillors say while the delay is frustrating, when the branch opens, it will be well-used.

Councillor Mark Hook, leader of Gosport Borough Council, said it the situation couldn’t be helped. ‘Obviously it is frustrating,’ he said.

‘But this isn’t something that we could control. It was ready to open but the leaking roof put a stop to this.

‘Luckily, we can still use the old premises so people still have access to the Post Office.

‘It makes sense to have the whole branch, including WHSmith, opening at the same time.’

Lin Wilson, chairman of Gosport Town Team, said: ‘It is disappointing that the long-awaited Post Office will not be opening on schedule.

‘The main concern is having somewhere for customers so as least we have access to the old premises while the roof is fixed.’

A spokeswoman from Post Office said: ‘Gosport Post Office will continue to operate from 136 High Street while further work is carried out at the new premises.

‘Due to contractual matters, we had been advised that the existing property would no longer be available from Tuesday.

‘However ongoing talks have allowed the branch to remain open for a further couple of days or potentially longer, which will determine the relocation date and whether this takes place before or after necessary re-roofing work.’

The future of the Post Office was called in question after long delays in the transfer from 136 High Street to 51-52 High Street.

It was originally meant to open in October but will now open in mid-February.