Plans to move Seahouses Post Office and create an improved and expanded service have been revealed.
The Post Office is proposing to move the facility to Corklee News, 26 Main Street, just 200 metres from its current site at 10 King Street. It says the move would create an open-plan branch with extended opening hours and access to services seven days a week.
The Post Office is now inviting customers and interested parties to give their comments during a eight-week public consultation.
Should the move go ahead, the branch would open from 7am to 7.30pm Monday to Saturday and 7am to 5pm on Sunday, which is 44 hours more than are currently offered.
The proposed move is part of major modernisation programme across the Post Office network designed to make it easier for customers to do business, through longer opening hours and open-plan environments.
Suzanne Richardson, the Post Office regional network manager for northern England, explained: “We understand how important Post Office services are to residents in Seahouses and we are confident that this new modern branch will meet the needs of the community and secure services for the future.
“The proposed changes to the branch are part of a major investment programme to convert the Post Office network to new-style branches and this investment, the largest in the history of the Post Office, marks a commitment to no more branch-closure programmes.”
The Seahouses facility is the last in the area following the closure of Beadnell’s post office in March 2012. It was replaced by a mobile post service.
The current Seahouses Post Office and the adjoining house on King Street have been up for sale for a year.