VILLAGERS near Uttoxeter missing their Post Office services can breath a sigh of relief after it was revealed it will be back.
The Post Office has now confirmed it is to go ahead with plans to re-open the service in Hanbury at The Church Room, based in St Werburghs Church, in Church Lane, for one morning a week.
The service will operate as a hosted outreach service which involves a sub postmaster from a nearby core post office visiting the community at fixed times to offers service from a host location.
The former sub postmaster of Hanbury, Sarah Powlson, who now runs Draycott in the Clay Post Office, has agreed to run the service at St Werburghs Church every Tuesday from 10am until noon.
The new service will be open to villagers from next Tuesday.
Post Office field change advisor Mike Ball welcomed the news after listening to the concerns of residents.
He said: “We understand how important having a Post Office branch is to residents in Hanbury and we are confident that the hosted outreach service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.
“The Post Office had made a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”
Hanbury Post Office closed temporarily in January 2013 because the premises at Grayloch, Martins Lane, was sold.
It was then withdrawn for Post Office use leaving villagers will no available service.
The same range of services will continue to be available from the Post Office, with the exclusion of Euros On Demand Bureau De Change facilities.
Customers can still collect benefits in cash using the every day banking services or Post Office card account.
The Post Office decided to restore its services to Hanbury following a consultation period earlier this year.
Customers and interested parties were invited to give their comments on the plans in a six week public consultation which ended on September 17.
However, the services were restored before the consultation period had finished to allow the residents to take advantage as soon as possible.
At the end of the consultation all information received was then used to inform the final plans for the branch.
The Post Office, which is now independent of Royal Mail, is the largest retail network in the United Kingdom, with more than 11,700 branches.
It is also one of the fastest growing financial services companies and is now in the process of developing its online and telephone services for customers.