Town hit as post office is set to close for two weeks

Market Rasen Post office EMN-151215-104927001
Market Rasen Post office EMN-151215-104927001
  • Temporary closure of town centre branch sparks anger among residents

A two-week closure of Market Rasen Post Office looks set to cause disruption throughout the town.

The Post Office has announced it is closing the town centre branch for a major refurbishment between January 9 and 21.

Both residents and businesses in the town rely on the branch for a wide range of services.

And with the town’s NatWest bank closing in September, and HSBC last Friday (December 11), it looks set to cause even more problems - as they told their customers to use the post office 
instead.

MP Sir Edward Leigh said: “It’s a real shame that this refurbishment is taking place at a time when both the town’s NatWest and HSBC banks have closed their doors, having to direct their customers to the post office.

“It is good that the Post Office is investing in the facilities of our community and I hope that local people will not be significantly affected by this temporary closure.”

The Post Office will not be providing a temporary service in the town - instead it will direct people to its village branch in Middle 
Rasen.

On the Rasen Mail Facebook site, Michael Tindall said: “This could be very awkward, can see this causing hassle.”

Lexie Bukshe said: “I rely on it for posting stuff.

“Much easier to go to Rasen due to being able to 
park.”

And Sam Bumbo Chapman said she relied on the service for sending parcels to customers.

But Helen Pugh said the closure would not be ‘that bad’ as Middle Rasen was not too far to travel.

A Post Office spokesman said: “As the traditional banking network declines, customers for the majority (99 per cent) of UK banks can use their post office for online banking cash deposits and withdrawals and bill payments, while Market Rasen branch is closed temporarily for refurbishment, banking customers can use any other convenient Post Office including Middle Rasen.”

The refurbishment will include two new style open-plan counters and a secure fortress position.

And opening times will increase by an extra four-and-a-half hours on Saturday afternoons.

Post Office area manager Anne Clark said: “We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local 
residents.

“We are confident that this vibrant new-style Post Office at the heart of the local community will meet customer 
needs.”

Ms Clark said the modernisation was part of a major investment programme by the Post Office.

She said it was the largest in the history of the PostOffice and would secure services for the future.

She added: “The investment marks a commitment to no more branch closures programme.”

The post office will close at 1pm on Saturday, January 9 and reopen at 1pm on Thursday, January 
21.