Have your say on plans for new Hale Barns Post Office

Councillor Bernard Shaw at the new site for Hale Barns post office (9405940)

Councillor Bernard Shaw at the new site for Hale Barns post office (9405940)

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A HALE Barns councillor is urging residents to have their say on the proposed re-opening of the village's Post Office.

The original Post Office closed in October 2013, following the commencement of a £30 million revamp of the Square shopping centre – which, when building work is complete, is to comprise a Booths supermarket and cafe, 10 shops, 24 flats and 200 car parking spaces.

Property company Development Securities' plans to regenerate the site were held up for two years because three businesses-owners – including the postmaster at the time – refused to move out.

But, following a public inquiry, Compulsory Planning Orders were granted in May 2013 and the future of Post Office provision in Hale Barns was cast into doubt.

However, Cllr Bernard Sharp wrote to the Post Office to ask if an alternative operator and site could be found and a solution now looks to be at hand.

The proprietor of the Best One convenience store, which is 50 metres from the original site, has applied to open a Post Office counter within the store, which will be open between 7.30am and 5.30pm.

Consultation on the proposal ends tomorrow, Friday, and Cllr Sharp is urging residents to show their support for the scheme.

He said: "I am aware that the community have been very anxious to retain the post office and its facilities, which has been well used.

"It follows that they're more than happy to have a Post Office even if it's in a different place."

Cllr Sharp added: "From my own research and talking to people in the ward, they seem to be very happy about this proposal.

"I would ask everybody to contact the Post Office if they haven't already done so to confirm their approval."

Simon Drinkwater, Post Office regional manager, said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Altrincham and we are confident that this new modern Post Office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future."

- Consultation on the Hale Barns Post Office ends on August 22. Submissions can be made by Freepost 'YOUR COMMENTS' to Post Office Ltd, via email to comments@postoffice.co.uk, via the Customer Helpline on 08457 22 33 44 or Textphone 08457 22 33 55.

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9:32am Wed 20 Aug 14

chapellanecharlie says...

I hope they don't appoint the last SubPostmaster. He delayed the start of the development by 2 years whilst demanding an increase in his compensation. This caused many problems with the developer and cost the local Council Tax payer a vast amount of money in having to employ legal experts to fight his ridiculous claim.
Anyway, his last position in The Square showed that he was not able to offer us a clean and efficient place in which to shop.
Encourage Booths to allocate a space in its store, which will bring more people to do all of their shopping under one roof.
Yes - I am in favour of a Post Office coming back to Hale Barns, but not at the location suggested.
I hope they don't appoint the last SubPostmaster. He delayed the start of the development by 2 years whilst demanding an increase in his compensation. This caused many problems with the developer and cost the local Council Tax payer a vast amount of money in having to employ legal experts to fight his ridiculous claim. Anyway, his last position in The Square showed that he was not able to offer us a clean and efficient place in which to shop. Encourage Booths to allocate a space in its store, which will bring more people to do all of their shopping under one roof. Yes - I am in favour of a Post Office coming back to Hale Barns, but not at the location suggested. chapellanecharlie
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5:07pm Fri 12 Sep 14

HBResident says...

@chapellanecharlie I've noticed your comments on The Square in the past, and like all the others they're littered with inaccuracies and outright lies.

The businesses in The Square did no more than exercise their legal right to remain open for as long as possible (so HB still had a chippy, a newsagent & Post Office, etc). They did not fight against the development, but against the forced closure of their businesses without adequate compensation or relocation.

You'd explore every option, and fight just as hard if someone tried to force you out of your home or livelihood. The council didn't have to pay "vast amounts to employ legal experts" - such costs are surely paid by the developers / the council's own legal staff. Plus "Oh but lawyers are expensive!" is not an excuse to ignore the law & justice.

Despite this - the legal fight could have (and did) continue after the development started - the delay was entirely down to the developers / council.

With regards to "clean and efficient place" to shop - would you pump even more money into refurbishing a shop that's about to close, and is making a huge loss - and there's nothing you can do to change that?

Finally - Booth's don't have any spare space in their store, the proposed rents in the new units are much to expensive for a Post Office... AND Post Office Limited require that a sub-postmaster controls the entire unit - so it cannot be located anywhere else.

If you want a Post Office in Hale Barns, it has to be here or nowhere.
@chapellanecharlie I've noticed your comments on The Square in the past, and like all the others they're littered with inaccuracies and outright lies. The businesses in The Square did no more than exercise their legal right to remain open for as long as possible (so HB still had a chippy, a newsagent & Post Office, etc). They did not fight against the development, but against the forced closure of their businesses without adequate compensation or relocation. You'd explore every option, and fight just as hard if someone tried to force you out of your home or livelihood. The council didn't have to pay "vast amounts to employ legal experts" - such costs are surely paid by the developers / the council's own legal staff. Plus "Oh but lawyers are expensive!" is not an excuse to ignore the law & justice. Despite this - the legal fight could have (and did) continue after the development started - the delay was entirely down to the developers / council. With regards to "clean and efficient place" to shop - would you pump even more money into refurbishing a shop that's about to close, and is making a huge loss - and there's nothing you can do to change that? Finally - Booth's don't have any spare space in their store, the proposed rents in the new units are much to expensive for a Post Office... AND Post Office Limited require that a sub-postmaster controls the entire unit - so it cannot be located anywhere else. If you want a Post Office in Hale Barns, it has to be here or nowhere. HBResident
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