Council leader wants action on town post office

The Post Office in Gosport High Street
The Post Office in Gosport High Street

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FOR years Gosport’s Post Office has been in a constant state of disrepair.

Now the town’s council leader has added his voice to calls for the company to improve the branch’s appearance.

Large parts of the office, in High Street, have been boarded up leaving customers little space to queue.

Earlier this year it provoked the ire of the town’s MP, Caroline Dinenage, who was campaigning for the government to give Gosport special measures to boost its town centre.

The two Labour ward councillors for the area also backed calls for it to be renovated.

Now the Tory council leader, Councillor Mark Hook, has written a letter of complaint to the Post Office about the state of its branch.

He said: ‘In an age when we are trying to stimulate the use of the High Street our local Post Office is a severe embarrassment.

‘As the leader of Gosport Borough Council, I frequently receive complaints regarding the appearance of the Post Office.

‘Five years ago work started to refurbish the interior only for it to come to a grinding halt.

‘The inside is frankly a disgrace.

‘We have been extremely patient but something needs to be done sooner rather than later.’

Cllr Hook has invited Post Office managers to meet the council to see what can be done about the eyesore.

Hoardings were first put up on the outside of the building years ago.

Nobody from the Post Office was available to comment yesterday. The Post Office previously told The News it was working on making temporary improvements to the building.