The latest news on Hullbridge Post Office is that the current Sub-postmaster retires on 11 October and that will be the last day for the Post Office in One Stop. On the 12th October the new Post Office, branded as a Post Office Local, will open in Budgens.
We hesitate to complain too much about this move as at least Hullbridge will be retaining a Post Office when many communities have lost their’s. However the Post Office Local is a reduced service and Budgens will only be guaranteed the service for 1 year, at the end of which the Post Office will assess how well it is used and may not continue with it, meaning the potential loss of a Post Office in Hullbridge is real.
The Guardian has an article, which can be read in full here where they report concerns with the Post Office Local format and services. In Particular there appears dissatisfaction with the level of service offered as found by Consumer Focus
” Limited services, which have forced 53% of users to go to an alternative post office because their Post Office Local could not fulfil their needs. Services not offered include DVLA and passport services, bill payment or banking transactions, and international mail weighing more than 5kg. Consumer Focus also says some branches do not appear to offer full parcel services, even though they are supposed to.”
We are still putting pressure on the Post Office to increase the services available, including over the counter banking (such as bill payment by cheque and business and personal banking), but in the meantime will make as much use of the current facilities as possible so we do not lose it altogether.
In the meantime we would like to wish June a happy retirement and to than her for providing such a good service over the years and for putting in the efforts she has to find a new provider for the Post Office services in Hullbridge.