The post office is so important to rural communities. When the post office in Fulbourn was closed a lot of hard work was carried out by the Parish Council and district councillors to get it re-opened.
It re-opened in November on a trial and consultation basis. I was very pleased to receive a letter from the Post Office, last week, to confirm that they wish to continue with the trial. It is always good to re-inforce good behaviour and recognise positives which is why I asked for this good news to be publisised. It might just help another village.
I was disappointed to read the Liberal Democrat district councillor John Williams blog on the matter. I guess moaning and electioneering constantly is the DNA of the Liberal Democrates. Sometimes celebrating success is important too. The press release is included below:
“Trial re-opening of Post Office services in Fulbourn welcomed by local County Councillor Nick Clarke
News that the Fulbourn Post Office is to reopen after it was temporarily closed for more than a year has been given the stamp of approval by local County Councillor Nick Clarke.
Post Office Limited announced this week its plans to re-open the facility as a Post Office Local from the Fulbourn Co-operative.
The branch has been temporarily closed since October 2010 due to the resignation of the previous subpostmaster. It reopened in November last year and now, following the results of a public consultation, will continue to stay open as a trial.
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Nick Clarke, Local Member for Fulbourn, said: “This is very welcome news for Fulbourn which has been without this much needed community facility for far too long. I am glad that the Post Office has found a way of re-opening it and once again providing services. A Post Office is at the heart of local communities, especially in rural villages such as Fulbourn.”
The Post Office will be trialling this new service over the next twelve months. During this time Post Office Ltd will be carefully monitoring the situation to make sure it meets the needs of the local community and provide a commercially viable alternative to the way its services are currently offered. ”