Visitors to Gosport’s town centre post office would be forgiven for thinking that they cross the threshold of a building site each time they go to buy stamps or pay their road tax.
With a boarded-up window at the front and bare partitions erected inside, it’s hardly a welcoming sight.
It would be bad enough if this had been the sorry state of affairs for a couple of months.
But the fact that it’s remained this way for a number of years is nothing short of a disgrace.
The town’s MP, Caroline Dinenage, has already called on the Post Office to step in and get its act together.
Now two councillors have added their voices to the growing number of people seeking to highlight this issue.
A town’s main high street must be an attractive place for shoppers to visit – and at the moment, there are those who simply don’t think that’s the case in Gosport.
It’s true that some new businesses have opened in the town, but there are also many empty shops and that’s not good news.
A thriving post office is one of those services that can encourage people to spend some time and money in a town, so it’s important that changes are made here as a matter of urgency.
We have a degree of sympathy for the Post Office in this matter.
It doesn’t own the building and wants a buyer to come in and take on the site permanently.
But the solution can’t simply be to leave things as they are until that happens, so we urge the Post Office to think again.
There’s a lot of truth in the saying: ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’.
With a little community interaction, we’re certain that some colourful artwork could at least help disguise the ugly partitions.
The time for making temporary improvements to the building have come and gone, but at least that would be better than nothing.
We urge the Post Office to spend a little more time and effort on finding a sensible solution that will suit everyone.
It must talk to its staff and customers to find a way forward for the future.