Pulborough a ‘mess’ after Post Office loss

JPCT 070214 S14060863X Nick Herbert MP opens post office at Gatley's pet shop in Pulborough -photo by Steve Cobb ENGSUS00120140702123207
JPCT 070214 S14060863X Nick Herbert MP opens post office at Gatley's pet shop in Pulborough -photo by Steve Cobb ENGSUS00120140702123207

As Pulborough loses its local Post Office, NatWest Bank and is due to say goodbye to Barclays Bank, a resident said ‘the whole thing is a mess!’

On Monday (August 3), Pulborough residents saw their Post Office close at Gatley’s Country Stores and Pet Shops in Lower Street, after it opened in February last year.

JPCT 070214 S14060863X Nick Herbert MP opens post office at Gatley's pet shop in Pulborough -photo by Steve Cobb ENGSUS00120140702123207

JPCT 070214 S14060863X Nick Herbert MP opens post office at Gatley's pet shop in Pulborough -photo by Steve Cobb ENGSUS00120140702123207

Now they are pleading with the Post Office to promptly find a new location before the loss of Barclays Bank later this year.

In the last few years, the Post Office has bounced around between Lower Street shops, including Pulborough General Stores and Evie’s Baby Boutique, which have acted as subpostmasters.

Angela Scriven, from Coldwaltham, said the Post Office closure will make life difficult for older people and the disabled.

She said: “On top of the fact the Post Office is closing we have also heard Barclays is going to close.

“NatWest closed earlier in the year and they have both said we need to go to the Post Office. It leaves Pulborough with nothing.

“It is just not joined up thinking. They want to build more houses and they want more people in the area, but what are people going to do without these services?

“The whole thing is a big mess!”

A spokesman for Pulborough Parish Council said it is working alongside Pulborough Community Partnership to find a new location, but admitted that it is a lengthy process.

He said: “Pulborough Parish Council would like to express their concern about the closure of the Post Office, coming as it does at the same time as the closures of the Pulborough branches of both NatWest and Barclays.

“We have emphasised the urgency to the Field Advisor of the Post Office and we have stressed that many residents and businesses rely on this facility. Not all residents have access to cars.

“We are hopeful that a satisfactory resolution can be reached as soon as possible.”

A Post Office Spokesman said that residents must use the Storrington and West Chiltington branches until a new location can be organised for the village.

He said: “Following the resignation of the postmaster and the withdrawal of the premises for Post Office use, Pulborough Post Office temporarily closed.

“We know how important Post Office services are to people in Pulborough and we apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused.

“We would like to assure customers that we are currently investigating the options available which will enable us to reinstate a Post Office service to the local community.”

In February 2014, South Downs MP Nick Herbert and parish councillors attended the official launch of the Post Office at Gatley’s.

Your current closest branches are Storrington Post Office: 2 West Street, Storrington, Pulborough, RH20 4ED; and West Chiltington Common Post Office: Herilyns, Haglands Lane, West Chiltington Common, RH20 2QR.

Has the closure affected you? Let us know and email ct.news@jpress.co.uk

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