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Delay to Post Office plans

Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:46:35

The reinstatement of the chimneys at the former post office building in Alvechurch, as recommended by Bromsgrove’s Conservation Officer, has been delayed due to amendments to the planning application.

District councillor Annette English told parish colleagues that further consultation would now take place, but there were no firm timescales.

Councillors are pressing for the post box – sealed off for safety reasons during initial building work – to be reopened in the weeks before work recommences.

Meanwhile, the parish council wants to push the Post Office towards “alternative proposals” for a branch in the village.

Coun English reported that a new planning application for 14 The Square, whose owners want to open a branch of Simply Fresh and incorporate a post office counter, seemed “a long way off”.

She said: “It seems the applicant is not learning from previous mistakes or taking on board what the Planning Officer and Conservation Officer have said previously.”

Parish chairman Marc Worrall said: “The parish council has tried hard to push the Post Office into thinking laterally, not pinning all their hopes on Simply Fresh. We need to push them to seek alternative proposals.”

Resident Clive Peters suggested the post office be housed in the library, to create a community hub. Coun Worrall said this had been discussed in the past and was “complicated.”

He added: “The Post Office is only thinking about 14 The Square at the moment, but they will have to take on board some of our comments – there is nowhere else to turn.”

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