Public building could boast post office

A LANDMARK building housing hundreds of public sector workers could boast its own post office, it has emerged.St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council have teamed up to create a major new complex which would house about 600 staff from both councils.

A LANDMARK building housing hundreds of public sector workers could boast its own post office, it has emerged.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council have teamed up to create a major new complex which would house about 600 staff from both councils.

If it wins planning permission, work on the Public Sector Village (PSV) will begin in the summer and be completed in 2008.

And it could become one of very few public buildings to house its own post office.


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The possibility is on the cards following contact between Neil Clarke, the sub-postmaster at St Olaves Precinct Post Office in Bury, and the borough council.

But Mr Clarke allayed any fears from the local community that the St Olaves post office would relocate completely to the PSV building.

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He said one possibility would be the St Olaves post office running some services out of the PSV as well as its existing base.

He said discussions between himself and the council were at a very early stage.

“There is certainly no issue of a relocation. I wrote expressing an interest because we are the nearest to the site and we do a full range of services,” he said.

“The letter was around what are the possibilities about us providing a public service. There are all kinds of ideas, but I wanted to see if we could help in any way. All I've said is I would be interested in speaking to them.”

He added no further discussion on the matter was likely before the Government announced the outcome of a major review of all post offices later this month.

He said: “The Government is currently making up its mind on which post offices to close. We are the biggest one in town, but at the moment we just don't know what will happen.”

A spokeswoman for the borough council said: “We have been approached by the postmaster at St Olaves about putting a post office into the PSV and will be talking to him about his suggestion.”

laurence.cawley@eadt.co.uk

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