Post Office bosses have today revealed that they will go ahead with plans to move their main Boston branch into the town’s WH Smith store.
The unpopular plan saw politicians in the town unite to try to stop it, and a 243 signature petition sent in by the Standard to show public opposition.
However the Post Office is ‘confident’ that its new location in the Strait Bargate shop will still meet customer needs.
A spokesman said: “The move comes after a six-week public consultation, during which Post Office Ltd also hosted a public customer forum to discuss the proposals.
“The Post Office has carefully considered the feedback gathered during this time, and is confident that the new branch will be suitably located and that WHSmith will meet customer needs and deliver an excellent service.”
The current branch, at 18 Wide Bargate, will shut at 5.30pm on February 12. The new branch should be ready by 9am the following morning.
The proposal is part of the Post Office’s ‘modernisation’ programme for Crown branches and aims to provide longer opening hours.
There will be no compulsory redundancies as a result of the relocation, with staff said to either be transferring to WH Smith or being ‘redployed’.
Roger Gale, Crown Network General Manager, said: “We are committed to keeping a Post Office branch in Boston and to maintaining the same levels of service for our customers. We believe the best way for us to do this is to change the way we operate the branch, so following the relocation it will be run by WHSmith High Street Ltd rather than by us directly.”
The branch will have five serving positions following its move and promises to deliver the same services offered at the current location.
It will open 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays, four and a half extra hours than currently.
WH Smith has run branches elsewhere in the country since 2007
It will install automatic sliding doors to the Boston branch.