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Post Office announces it has 'no detailed plans' for a branch which has been threatened with closure

PUBLISHED: 18:04 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 18:04 05 June 2018

Diss Post Office in the Market Place. Photo: Angela Sharpe

Diss Post Office in the Market Place. Photo: Angela Sharpe

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A popular post office located in the heart of a Norfolk market town is set to remain open, despite fears that the branch was destined for closure.

More than one year on from when Diss Post Office was first listed as a branch the Post Office was looking to close and franchise. A spokesperson for the Post Office has confirmed that the organisation has; “no detailed plans” for the branch which is located in the centre of the town.

The news comes after a meeting between Post Office managers, MP for South Norfolk Richard Bacon and members of Diss Town Council and South Norfolk Council (SNC), during which the future of the branch was discussed.

Touching on what was discussed in the meeting a spokesperson for the Post Office said: “The Post Office responding to increased competition and changing consumer trends.

“We currently have no detailed plans so our services continue to be provided from the current branch in the same way.”

They added; “In order to keep our presence in key locations such as Diss, we are working with more retailers because a Post Office branch alongside a retail business is sustainable for the future. The vast majority of our branches, large and small, are operated this way.”

Following the meeting which took place on Friday, May 18, Graham Minshull, vice chairman of SNC said: “It was a good, positive meeting, we expressed our concerns and that SNC is keen to ensure that Post office facilities remain in the town and we expressed that in the meeting with Richard Bacon.”

“My view is that it should stay where it is and provide a facility for the town and hopefully we can convince the Post Office that is the ideal location for it.”

Brigitte Butcher, who led a campaign in 2017 to save Diss Post Office when it was announced it may close said the news was good news if it meant the branch would stay open.

“People want the Post Office to stay where it is, it’s a prominent building and it would be a terrible shame to loose that, I hope this is a permanent solution.”

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