Post Office confirm Stradbroke branch to open in October

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A village’s two-year wait for a Post Office is set to be over in October.

Stradbroke residents have been forced to travel to Horham, two miles away, for similar Post Office services. But a spokesperson has confirmed the new branch, which will be housed in the library in Queens Street, will open its doors for the first time on Tuesday, October 14, at 1pm.

It will be open on Tuesdays, from 2.30pm to 5pm and 5.30pm to 7.30pm, 10am to 1pm and 2.30pm to 5pm on Thursdays, 2.30pm to 5pm on Fridays, 10am to 12.30pm on Saturdays, and 10am to 3pm on Sundays.

It will feature a “modern open-plan retail environment’ and sits 100 metres from the former Post Office that closed in July 2012.

James Hargrave, a trustee of Stradbroke Courthouse and Library Trust, said the plans had been delayed due to attempting to gain certain permissions on the Grade II -listed building.

It had been hoped the new Post Office would have been ready by the end of the summer.

“We are really pleased that the Post Office will be returning,” he said. “Stradbroke has been without a Post Office for two years now and we are really excited it is going to be opening soon.”

The library is due to be closed from 12.30pm on Saturday, September 20 until opening day while work is done to install the Post Office.

A spokesperson for Suffolk Libraries added: “Any library loans due to be returned to the library during the closure will be adjusted so they can be returned after the work.

“People can also use any other Suffolk Library or the mobile library with their library card to borrow or return books and Eye and Debenham libraries will be open as usual.

“You can also renew or reserve books on the website, along with viewing opening times and contact details of Stradbroke and other nearby libraries -”