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Crayford Post Office officially opened in library

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 March 2018

Minister for arts, Leader of Bexley Council and the Deputy Mayor with other councillors at the official opening. Picture: Bexley Council

Minister for arts, Leader of Bexley Council and the Deputy Mayor with other councillors at the official opening. Picture: Bexley Council

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A new post office was officially opened inside a Bexley library last week, (Friday, March 16) to meet the demands of Crayford, which has been without a post office since 2016.

Opened by Michael Ellis MP, minister for arts, heritage and tourism, at Crayford Library in Town Hall Square, the event was also attended by several other councillors.

Council leader Teresa O’Neill said: “We have made this new facility a reality thanks to some imaginative thinking, hard work and perseverance.

“A busy town like Crayford needs a post office and having it in such a central location and connected to our library is working well for everyone involved.

“Crayford Library is an example of where we have made the most of the great space we have on offer, first with the community rooms available there for hire and now with the new post office.”

Crayford has been without a post office since the previous one in Crayford Road closed almost two years ago, and the new one opened in time for Christmas last year.

As well as the usual range of services, customers can access postal services, including international parcels, special delivery, local collect and home shopping returns.

They can also make cash withdrawals from a post office card account, send funds abroad using Moneygram, pay bills, buy holiday money, top up mobile phones and much more.

Crayford postmaster, Riffat Haleem, said: “Customers are very happy to have a post office again.

“A post office is at the heart of a community and a library is an essential service too, so it makes perfect sense to combine both together.

“The library is a lovely, clean, safe place to be based.

“Customers can easily use the library and vice versa as the counters are opposite each other.

“It is a great combination and this approach could work really well in many locations across the country.”

The new Post Office opening hours are the same as the library:

Monday 9am-5.30pm

Tuesday 9am-5.30pm

Wednesday 9am-7pm

Thursday 9am-5.30pm

Friday 9am-5.30pm

Saturday 9am-5pm

For more information on library opening hours and their facilities visit www.bexley.gov.uk/libraries.

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