Village post office takes final delivery

The post office in Preston Old Road, Freckleton, is set to close its doors
The post office in Preston Old Road, Freckleton, is set to close its doors
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A manager has told of his anger and frustration at plans to revamp the Post Office service as he closes his business for the final time today.

As part of a scheme to promote modernisation, Alan Hall’s post office in Preston Old Road, Freckleton, will close and transfer to the Spar store in Lytham Road.

Mr Hall said the business was a vital community service.

He added: “Over many years we have provided a service that many residents have appreciated. So many people have been devastated by this decision from the goverment.

“We have done more than just run a business. When our regulars don’t come in for a while, we make enquiries about there well­being.

“Freckleton won’t be the same without the village postoffice or the lovely people who I have met each week.”

The Post Office announced plans to relocate the service in November.

The Spar branch will open from from 7.30am to 10pm, Monday to Sunday, providing an extra 60 hours a week to service times.

The move is part of a government funding drive to spend £640m on modernising Post Offices nationwide over the next three years.

Close to 8,000 branches will see improvements as part of the project.

Adrian Wales, post office regional manager said: “We understand how important having a post office is to residents in Freckleton and we are confident that this new modern post office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.”