Post Office looks for a second site

HOPES for another post office in Portishead have been resurrected following a year-long campaign.

Pleas for a second post office in the town were dismissed in 2009, but disgruntled residents continued the call for better facilities and the town council took up their plight.

Portishead once boasted three post offices but now, despite being one of the fastest growing towns in the country, the only post office service is in Martin McColl’s newsagent and convenience store in High Street.

Queues snake around the shop and out onto the pavement so often that some customers now travel out of town to use a post office.

Councillor Reyna Knight, whose ward includes High Street, began negotiations with the Post Office last year.

At the Portishead Town Council annual general meeting last week, it was announced that the council has now received written confirmation that the Post Office accepts that another facility is needed and a location is being sought.

Suggestions to site the new post office at the new Sainsbury’s store, due to be built later this year, have been rejected after concerns that it could take trade away from other supermarkets in the town.

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Cllr Knight said: “Things are now looking very positive for a second post office so fingers crossed that Portishead residents get the service they so deserve.”

Sites under consideration by the Post Office include the Port Marine and Village Quarter developments.