Post Office gets a huge makeover

Eastwood Post Office will close for just over two weeks whilst it is given a makeover.

The branch will shut up shop on November 3 and a new look Post Office will open up on November 20.

There will be four counter positions, including two new style open-plan counters, one secure fortress position and a combi-counter, where the Post Office terminal will sit alongside the retail till.

The branch will open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, with the opening hours increasing by an extra four and a half hours on Saturday afternoons.

During the closure period people can use Post Offices in Giltbrook and Langley Mill.

Residents and small business customers will be able to access a wide range of services at the new Post Office including international parcels, Special Delivery, Local Collect and home shopping returns, make cash withdrawals from a Post Office Card Account, send funds abroad using Moneygram, pay bills, buy holiday money, get insurance, mortgages and savings and top up mobile phones.

Anne Clark, area manager said: “We are confident that this vibrant new-style Post Office at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs.

“This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and will secure services for the future. The investment marks a commitment to no more branch closures programme.”

Eastwood Town Council is moving into the back of the Post Office and will be opening up their new council chamber and community hub in a few months time. Councillors are currently working alongside contractors and builders to create their new offices.

Eastwood councillor Keith Longdon said: “It’s in a great position for us and it’s great to finally be getting everything sorted.

“It will save us paying rents out and will save everybody money. It’s the public’s building, not ours because it’s the public who pay for it.”

The councillors – who are doing much of the building work themselves to save money – will host an open evening to show people around on the night of the Christmas light switch on, on November 24.

There will be a council chambers, clerks office, toilets and a kitchen.