Friday, 7 February 2014

Thringstone Post Office to move?

The Post Office have today announced plans to move its Thringstone branch.

Thringstone Post Office has been located at 6 The Green for 50+ years but now, as part of a three year investment and support programme, plans have been announced to relocate to Thringstone Stores, 19-23 Loughborough Road.

As part of the move Post Office services will be offered from a till on the retail counter in the store with longer opening hours and the majority of Post Office products and services still being available at the new location.

There will now be a public consultation process, starting from 7 February and lasting until 21 March, to allow all local residents to have their say on the plans.

If all proposals go to plan it is envisaged the relocation will take place in May.

County Councillor Leon Spence said 'I would urge all local people to have their say on the proposals. I'm sure that everyone wants to see a Post Office in Thringstone for many years to come and relocating the service to Thringstone Stores will be one way of ensuring this.'

You can make your views known by logging on to www.postofficeviews.co.uk and entering the branch code 28721799.

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  2. I agree with the above, plus you take a gamble when you park up, get kids out, get parcels out, if infact you will find it open to take your parcels anyway. Therefore easier to travel further and queue in another post office anyway

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  7. It's obvious that Mr Spence does not use the shop in John Street on a regular basis....I don't know how they got away with being open when the building work was being done it's still got holes in the roof.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I must confess that I don't usually shop at Thringstone Stores preferring to shop at the Co-op for purely personal reasons.

      Having said that I would love to see a vibrant village supporting several shops which will give local residents choice and local people jobs.

      I would urge everyone to respond to the Post Office's public consultation. It's important they are aware of the views of local people.

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    2. I must clarify that the Post Office has not been on the Green for 50 plus years it was on Main street Thringstone when i came to live in Thringstone 39 years ago.

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    3. Thanks for your comment, I must be mistaken. I'm 40 and I've always been told Lucas Mart was up and running for a good few years before I was born.

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    4. Post Office was in Main Street until 1971 when Alan Lucas started Lucas Mart and it went there. He was there until 1986 when Val and David Tomlinson took over the post office, and Sunil took it over in 1997.

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  8. the days of Thringstone being a vibrant village are long past....the only thing it has going for it is the Co-op .

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    1. Thanks for your comment.

      It's fair to say I wouldn't agree with you. We've got three shops in the village, plus Ruby's. We've got football and bowls clubs, church communities, gyms and other businesses, great pubs on the edge of the village, a members club with many different user groups and a community centre with ambitious future plans.

      As a village we have facilities which are the envy of communities far larger than ours.

      That's not to say we're perfect, it would be great to see eyesores such as The Fox sorted, and it would be great to see a central pub. But we shouldn't do ourselves down.

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    2. If the Community Centre bar were open every evening, would that suffice as a pub in the centre of the village?

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    3. Thanks for your comment. Yes, I think the Community Centre could act as a pub for the village, which would also help ensure the future of the Community Centre as well.

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    4. I think that some work would have to be done on the Community Centre to use it as a pub ...but a good idea in theory

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  10. People have said to me that they hope the existing post office doesn't end up boarded up. Others have suggested the owners look to francise it out to Costa Coffee or something like that. Don't care as long as it gets done up and not boarded up!

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  11. We moved to thringstone 2 years ago..I went in that post office once an never again!!! ... it was all a total mess! It took 10 mins to find me 2 x simple forms . While I was in there I had comments made to me 'you come here for everything you need' this is wrong I will go where I like they was to pushy.. a mess so I never ever go there I go down town to coalville. If it was moved and orgernised I would try it again so I think its a good idea x

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  12. I don't think that moving the Post Office to John Street will win back the custom they have lost due to the Co-Op opening, there is not much to choose between the people on the Green and the ones in John Street one is pushy and the other just wants your money you won't even get a thank you from her.

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  13. Why can it not be moved to the coop?? Reading the comments above, that seems to be the general consensus of the people that live in thringstone.
    Thats for keeping local businesses going, surely that takes manners, cleanliness and effort from the people who own the business as well doesnt it????? :/

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  15. The Post Office will get moved, the customers will decline and it will get closed. Could we not move it to the CoOp? I'm all for spending money with independent stores but the ones we have are terrible.

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    1. Thanks for the comment.

      It's interesting to see so many comments asking for the Post Office to be moved to the Co-op.

      Ultimately where it moves to is, I'm sure, a business issue and will involve contracts, business planning etc.

      I would suggest that you follow the link in the story to make your views known. That way the Post Office will be able to determine the best solution for Thringstone.

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    2. They don't make it easy to complete the survey questions do they. You have to go onto the top consultation tab, put in 287217 and go from there, but they don't make it an easy process.

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  16. I think if they move the Post Office to John Street it will close within two years, the only way to have a viable Post Office in the village is to put it where there are more customers and that is ........the Co-Op.

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  17. when the post office moves what will happen to the former post office

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    1. How would local people feel about a family run coffee shop/tea rooms with a gift/craft shop incorporated within it?

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  18. I for one would be all for a family run coffee / tea room a local day time meeting place. It would be nice to drop in for a coffee when I fetch my paper from the Co- Op.

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    1. That could, of course, happen at the community centre if there were volunteers willing to run it.

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  19. I do hope people are taking part in the consultation otherwise it will be a foregone conclusion that it moves to Loughborough Road!

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  20. How about leave the post office where it is but get rid of the ignorant rude staff that run it and make it into something the village can use ie tea room coffee shop if I need to shop in the village I will only go to the Co op as both other shops as bad as each other

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    1. The two men there own the building.

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  21. If you don't want the Post Office to move to Loughborough Road please complete the online consultation form.....

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  22. If we lose the Post Office from Thringstone it will be another nail in the demise of the village. Pubs have already gone, what next; the school, the church?? Quite obviously those proposing to move the Post Office to the John Street store do not live in Thringstone. It's on a bus route, near a blind bend, feet from a junction, with a bus stop opposite and close to a traffic calming chicane. Parking is already an issue there. It's an accident waiting to happen. At least with it remaining in its current position, or moving to the Co-op there is the option of parking on the parking area. I can't see that the Co-op has sufficient extra space to accommodate a Post Office. Regards the hygiene/ service issues I think both the current and John Street store have very serious issues. Personally, I have not experienced rudeness at the Post Office, but have at John Street. There has been a lack of investment in the current premises, and in all fairness who can blame the owners when our own council, in the past turned down applications for security shutters and an ATM. The Co-op has fulfilled a need in the village, but already the parking area is proving inadequate.
    Sadly our lovely Community centre, Thringstone House, is greatly underused and there is a risk of losing it. It has additional parking, various rooms, kitchens to cater, outside space in the Summer, could a franchise be run from there, offering a financial lifeline to the centre?

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    1. In reply to the security shutters and ATM at the current post office they have shutters and an ATM wasnt turned down it was passed and the owner never had the work carried out

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    2. Eventually they were allowed to have shutters............... after having the windows smashed........ twice?......

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  24. The Co-op doesn't want the post office as there isn't enough room there for it. The Community Centre were approached, but there were logistical issues which meant they couldn't take the post office either, so it is John Street or nothing as far as Thringstone is concerned as I understand it.

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  25. I would sooner go to Coalville post office than use the shop in John Street simple as that.

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  26. I can't understand why you say there isn't enough room for the post office in the Co-Op......if that's the case there can't be enough room in the John Street shop.

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  27. The most comments I have seen on this web site I think it shows how strong peoples feelings are about moving the post office........why does it have to be moved anyway ?

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  28. This move is a foregone conclusion.........reps from Royal Mail were at the John Street shop talking to her the other day, looks like Coalville post office for me from now on.

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  29. The consultation is due to finish on the 21st March .....but it's already been decided so it was a waste of time filling in the online form....I'm afraid we won't have a post office in the village within two years as John Street won't get anymore custom than the one we have now.

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  30. I understand that the Co-Op have been in touch with their head office to see if something can be done about moving the PO to there instead of John Street....they are waiting for a reply. I think it would be best in the long run if the PO was in the Co-Op as the proposed new owners are liked about as much as the present ones which would put a lot of people off using the PO if it was moved to John Street.

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