There’s celebration in the Meads, Eastbourne today as it’s been confirmed that a pop-up post office will be serving the area from next week.
Since the loss of post office facilities in the Co-op in January, there’s been a search to find a replacement venue to provide the much-needed service, compounded when the local cash machine was removed.
“At last, we have some really good news”, says Conservative councillor Jane Lamb who has been working hard with local residents and the Meads Community Association to resolve the issue.
From Tuesday, a weekly pop-up post office will operate in the Pauling Room, next to Jubilee Hall to the right of St John’s Church. This is by kind permission of the vicar, Rev’d Giles Carpenter, and the Churchwardens.
“Obviously the search continues for a more permanent solution”, adds Cllr Lamb who represents Meads. “But, this great community effort means we have at least the weekly post office which will operate from 10am to 12 Noon on Tuesdays. Full credit to the parish church for coming to the rescue.”
The venue has been chosen with care due to not only its availability but also accessibility, including parking, and safeguarding.
Eastbourne’s MP, Caroline Ansell, is also working with Post Office bosses to seek a full-time replacement outlet for the Meads community, saying that it is imperative for “the vitality of Meads Street businesses and the local community”.
The was a well-attended silent demonstration outside the old Co-op before it closed, calling for a new post office to serve the area.