Monday, 13 April 2015

Spence - Co-op rule out Whitwick Post Office move

A local councillor has been in direct contact with a company suggested as an alternative location for Whitwick's proposed Post Office move.

Leon Spence, county councillor for Whitwick, has been in talks with Central England Co-operative who are owners of the new food retail convenience store currently under construction in Whitwick Market Place.

A spokesman for Central England Co-op confirmed that the company had preliminary discussions about the Whitwick store with Post Office Limited some time ago but these did not progress further.

The spokesman also advised that for commercial reasons relating to the provision of competitor services it would be highly unlikely that the new Whitwick store would be considered as a suitable location for a post office site.

Councillor Spence said 'A number of local residents have expressed concern to me about the proposed new store particularly concerning parking problems.

'I have heard the new Co-op being suggested as an alternative site but sadly that doesn't seem possible.

'As County Councillor I will be asking both the Post Office and the highways authority to consider if there are any workable alternatives to the current proposals.'

Councillor Spence added 'On a positive note Central England Co-operative have confirmed to me they are on schedule for their store to open in August of this year. I look forward to welcoming them to the village.'

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