A POST office which has become synonymous with where its sits in a village - to the point the road it is on was named after it - is set to be uprooted as part of plans which would see it relocated to a nearby pharmacy.
A public consultation is to be launched regarding plans to move the post office in Alrewas, which would extend its opening hours by 17 hours each week.
Bosses insist the move just 50 metres away would help safeguard the future of the village’s branch, but should it go ahead it could lead to confusion in Alrewas in future as it would leave the village’s Post Office Road without a post office.
Rumours surrounding the site have been circulating in recent months, with bosses denying it was set to follow a number of post offices across the county in closing its doors.
Although the plans would see the post office become part of Alrewas Pharmacy, in Main Street, bosses insist the plan is positive news for the site which would be placed in a ‘modern open-plan retail environment’.
Although to some the move may seem like the death of a traditional post office, bosses said the move was part of its plan to modernise post offices and prevent them from closing.
Post Office regional network manager, Adrian Wales, said: “We understand how important having a post office is to residents in the area and we are confident that this proposal and the new modern branch will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.
“The modernisation is part of a major investment programme to convert the Post Office network to new-style branches and this investment, the largest in the history of the Post Office, makes a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”
Should the plan go ahead, the post office would have a ‘retail serving point’ in the pharmacy, meaning customers could access the post office while paying for other items in the pharmacy.
Opening hours would also be extended, with the post office in its new guise remaining open until 7pm on Mondays, 6pm Tuesday to Friday and 5.30pm on Saturdays, while it would no longer close for lunch in the afternoon.