Post office is ‘step in right direction for high street’

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THE proposal for a new post office is the step in the right direction for the high street.

That is the view of many residents and business owners in Gosport who are in support of the branch opening in a WHSmith shop at the old Internacionale building.

An application was made to Gosport Borough Council earlier this year to get the post office built at 51-52 High Street.

It comes after years of uncertainty over the location of a post office in the town.

Residents in Gosport have backed the new plans.

Ric Reynolds, 49, said: ‘I think it is great that the big unit will finally be filled.

‘There is a long history with the space and I think it’s a good thing that plans are in place to build a post office there.

‘It’s going into a great space and I think it shows that the high street is getting invested into and things are on the up.’

As previously reported in The News, Daljinder Athwal, who will be the new postmaster, put in an application to replace the temporary branch in Gosport with a permanent one.

She will be joined by her brother Pradeep, who is the franchisee for WHSmith, and her father Val.

And for Doreen Dodd, of Stoke Road, having a big company like Post Office investing in Gosport shows the town’s potential.

‘I think the move is a good one,’ she said.

‘If a big firm like the Post Office wants to invest in Gosport high street, that can only be a good thing for the people and the town.

‘The shop will be easily accessible as its near car parks and it looks as though it will be one level ground making it suitable for everyone.

‘There’s been a lot of talk about the empty shops and what the council is doing to improve the high street but this is a step in the right direction.’

For business owner Lynette Fossey, having the post office could improve her flow of customers. She owns Sweet Wise and Your Senses Holistic Healthcare which are directly opposite the proposed site.

Lynette said: ‘For me as a business, the post office is a great thing. To have more empty units filled is beneficial to the whole high street.

‘I know lots of people who have said what a brilliant idea it is and how lovely it will be for this area of Gosport.’

A consultation period will run until early next month and, if no problems arise, the branch will be fitted by September.