Councillor Takes Over Running Burton Bradstock Post Office

Burton Bradstock Post Office

Published at 9:30am 13th May 2015.

Gill Mayo, her husband Peter and her daughter Laura are looking after the branch that's just been reopened after having a refit.

A local councillor and her family have taken over running the village post office in Burton Bradstock.

Gill Mayo, her husband Peter and her daughter Laura are looking after the branch that's just been reopened after having a refit.

The newly modernised facility that now has a store will be open an extra 9 hours a week and will no longer close at lunchtime.

Cllr Keith Delves, said: "We are delighted that Cllr Mayo and her family have taken on this Post Office within our building. The Post Office looks great and is a big improvement for the village with longer hours and tasty locally produced foods. I really hope people from  Burton Bradstock and the surrounding communities  will really support this great village Post Office and shop"

Peter Colbert, said: "A Post Office is at the heart of a community and therefore these changes are a real boost Burton Bradstock. The improvements are a real talking point."

Post Office services are now provided at an open-plan counter beside the retail area instead of a separate screened counter. The new opening hours are Monday - Thursday: 8:30am to 5:30pm; Friday: 8:30 to 6pm; Saturday: 8.30am to 1pm.

This is now open an extra nine hours a week than previously offered. The branch opens earlier and no longer closes for lunch, making it more convenient for customers to visit.

Cllr Mayo, said: "Customers think the new-look Post Office is fantastic. They are really pleased to see we have brightened up the Post Office, made it clean and modern and re-arranged the retail area to make best use of the space. The open-plan Post Office counter, instead of the previous screened counter, is friendlier and makes it easier for people to talk. Customers are very happy that we no longer close at lunchtime.

"We've added produce from the farm including sausages and bacon and my daughter is making home-made cakes and quiches. We had a farm shop at our farm, but it wasn't central and we had a delivery service, but our locally-produced foods as well as essentials of milk, bread and newspapers are proving very popular."

Zoe Sprackling, Field Change Advisor, said: "We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Burton Bradstock and we are confident this new modern Post Office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future. This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes."