14:37 Tuesday 26 November 2013

Ely Post Office takes up home in car park behind pub

Written byJORDAN DAY

Ely Post Office has moved into a portable building in Newnham Street car park. Ely Post Office has moved into a portable building in Newnham Street car park.

Ely’s post office re-located into a temporary building in a car park on the same day it was announced a post office in a nearby village would be moving premises.

The city’s post office shut its doors in High Street last Wednesday and has re-opened temporarily in a portacabin style building in the car park behind the High Flyer pub.

It is a move which has been slammed by residents and community leaders but, to date, locals have not been too disgruntled.

Melanie George, of Ely’s Beresford Road, said: “I used the post office on Monday and although it isn’t ideal it wasn’t that bad.

“The staff are still their chirpy selves and it is them who I feel sorry for the most.

“Obviously Ely does deserve better and I think Post Office has forgotten that we are in fact a city but I think we have to be grateful that the service wasn’t scrapped altogether.”

Barry Waterman, of Silver Street, Witcham, said: “I was dreading using the temporary building in the car park but it wasn’t as bad as what I thought it would be.

“I still think it’s a shame it had to come to such a random arrangement but at the end of the day Ely does at least still have a post office service.”

It was on Monday that Post Office bosses announced Isleham post office will be moving to St Andrew’s Social Centre, in Church Street, on Thursday, December 5 when the current branch in Sun Street closes the day before.

The move is due to the retirement of the sub-postmaster and the current premises will no longer be available for post office use. The new premises will be open an extra nine-and-a-half hours a week.

In Ely, the temporary building will be used until next January, which is when a decision on whether the city’s post office can re-locate to inside the Premier Convenience Store in High Street is expected.

Julia Marwood, Post Office regional network manager, said: “While we accept that winter is not the ideal time for customers to visit a portacabin I am sure that customers would prefer this arrangement than no post office service in Ely until the permanent relocation is finalised and we have a post office to be proud of.”

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