Post Office works pressing ahead

134015'The main post office in Aberdeen Walk'Picture by Neil Silk'02/10/13
134015'The main post office in Aberdeen Walk'Picture by Neil Silk'02/10/13

Scarborough Post office is the latest to get some refurbishment work carried out.

People walking past The Scarborough store in Aberdeen Walk will have seen the scaffolding go up this week to allow work to be carried out to the roof of the building.

The office will remain open throughout the completion of the job.

Meanwhile, East Ayton Post office is to become one of the Post Office’s new main-style branches.

The change is part of a three-year investment and support programme, the largest in the history of the Post office, which will see around 6,000 branches - about half the Post Office network - converting to new style branches.

The changes, said Adrian Wales, the regional network manager, will include longer opening hours, a new refurbished branch which adjoins the Spa store in East Ayton, and selected post office services being available at the retail counter.

The new-look branch is scheduled to open on Friday October 18. Cllr David Jeffels who represents the area on both North Yorkshire and Scarborough Councils, said: “This is excellent news because the Post Office serves a wide area along the Derwent Valley and it is particularly welcome at a time when so many villages have lost their sub post offices.”

Cllr Jeffels, a trustee of Rural Action Yorkshire, the county’s leading voice for rural life and communities, added: “I hope the modernising of the East Ayton branch will prove to be the start of a policy to recognise the value of retaining our rural post offices, because they have so much to offer village communities, especially in these times of expanding technology.”