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Crayford post office set for library opening, says MP

PUBLISHED: 10:54 15 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:48 15 September 2017

David Evennett outside Crayford Library, which is expected to house the town's post office

David Evennett outside Crayford Library, which is expected to house the town's post office

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The Post Office is yet to confirm a decision

The long wait for a post office to return to Crayford could be over soon, as it looks to return at the town’s library.

Residents lost the services after Mace convenience store closed down last summer in the hope of becoming a dessert parlour, but a planning application to change its use was later rejectecd by Bexley council.

Since then users have had to travel to Bexleyheath or Dartford post offices.

But David Evennett, Bexleyheath and Crayford MP, said that wait could soon be over.

A spokesperson for the Tory MP said he “welcomed the decision by the Post Office to reopen a branch in Crayford Library.”

Mr Evennett added: “Crayford needs its Post Office and we look forward to its reopening in the town soon. Many local people joined me and local Councillors to campaign for this during the consultation period.

“Crayford town, my constituents and local businesses will benefit from this local facility and the location in our new library makes good sense. This is really excellent news for our community.”

In July, the Post Office launched a six-week consultation on the proposal to move services into the town library,

Under proposals, the service would be open 9.30am to 5.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

On Wednesday it would open from 9.30am to 7pm while on Saturday it would open from 9.30am to 5pm and would remain closed on Sunday.

Regional network manager Suzzane Richardson said: “This new location, with extended opening hours, would make it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents.

“We are confident that this vibrant new-style post office at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs. This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and will secure services for the future.”

No decision has been declared by the Post Office, with a spokesperson confirming an announcement will come later this month.

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