The Co-op is pulling out of Meads but locals are hoping the Post Office will remain open – albeit in a different site.

Here’s our MP Caroline Ansell: “I have been heavily involved in the campaign these last few months to ensure we have a Post Office presence in Meads.

I have been working with councillor Jane Lamb, Meads Community Association and our local businesses to keep a branch open in Meads Street.

The demand for post office services is high in this area of our town and the anticipated closure, along with the Co-op store by the end of the month, is a big concern for residents.

The good news is there continues to be interest from local businesses for a Post Office to be located within a store. Post Office representatives have been to Meads Street and are looking at a range of options.

I have written to local residents with an update and raised the matter with the relevant minister, Paul Scully MP, to see what can be done. I am due to speak to him again soon.

I have also asked the Post Office to consider an outreach service to maintain this vital presence on the High Street. Watch this space for further updates.”