Busy post office forced to close

PUBLISHED: 11:46 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:37 26 October 2009

Customers being informed about the closure of Martin’s

Customers being informed about the closure of Martin's

A BUSY post office is closing down, ahead of the imminent axing of 2,500 branches nationwide. Staff at the Hatfield post office, housed in newsagent Martin s in the town centre, were told over Christmas by bosses that the store would be shut by the end of

A BUSY post office is closing down, ahead of the imminent axing of 2,500 branches nationwide.

Staff at the Hatfield post office, housed in newsagent Martin's in the town centre, were told over Christmas by bosses that the store would be shut by the end of March.

The closure is caused by the compulsory purchase order (CPO) enforced on town centre stores ahead of the proposed development of the town centre.

The branch deals with passport applications, car tax and currency as well as performing the duties of standard post offices.

Staff are in the process of being relocated and customers are being informed.

Release manager at the post office, Sheila Varsani, said staff were "distressed" and customers were "shaken".

She said: "It was thought that the store may have to close down but nobody expected it this early.

"The five permanent staff here are being relocated, but I can't say where.

"Some of them are very upset because they have been here for years."

She admitted that she was surprised that such a "big and busy" office should be shut.

"Customers who know are stunned, no one is angry yet but it is their local office," she added.

"People are in shock."

A spokesman for the Royal Mail insisted that the closure had nothing to do with the 2,500 post offices set to close later this year.

He said: "This is all to do with the CPO and the redevelopment plans.

"It is a mandatory exercise and unfortunately the post office is in Martin's which will shut"

What do you think of the closure? Email us at whtimes@archant.co.uk

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