Stradbroke’s two-year wait for Post Office set to be over this summer

Stradbroke’s near two-year wait for a Post Office is set to be over by the end of this summer, it has been confirmed.

The Post Office say the Stradbroke Post Office will reopen in the village’s library, in Queen Street, featuring a ‘modern open-plan retail environment’.

It had been hoped it would be ready for a Spring opening, but the Post Office say it is likely it will open its doors at “the end of the summer”.

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

The village has been without a Post Office since July 2012.

James Hargrave, a trustee of the Stradbroke Courthouse and Library Trust, told the Diss Express: “It is definitely going ahead. We were hoping we would have got a bit further by this stage.”

Stradbroke residents’ nearest Post Office facilities had either been in Horham or Laxfield.

“If you have a car you are alright,” Mr Hargrave added. “It was, for a lot of people who cannot travel, really hard to do anything like your basic affairs and posting parcels.”

Post Office regional network manager, Julia Marwood, added: “We understand how important Post Office services are to residents in Stradbroke and we are confident this new modern branch will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future. This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”