Residents will be aware that in May 2018, just days before the Natwest branch closed, Bawtry Post Office on Station Road, closed without warning.
Since then, there has been an ongoing effort, supported by the Town Council, to secure a new post office - and in the longer term to establish banking back in the town.
Last summer, Post Office Ltd agreed to a have a mobile post office opening in the library two mornings each week. We are all grateful to the library for helping this to happen, but for the long term, Bawtry needs a permanent post office.
A few weeks ago, I met with Mayor of Bawtry, Alan Claypole to discuss the issue of Bawtry Post Office.
I share concerns Mr Claypole has raised that the Post Office is not being forthright about a permanent solution to the lack of Bawtry services. Currently the Bawtry post office operates for a few hours, two days a week from the Library (see times below).
Cllr Claypole quite rightly has observed that the Post Office is unwilling to deviate from its standard model for organising post office franchises. Largely due to this, businesses in the area are uninterested in the prospect.
I have agreed to arrange a meeting to include myself, Mr Claypole and the Post Office to seek a resolution of this matter.
I share residents' anger at their poor treatment by RBS (owners of Natwest) and Post Office Ltd. Recently, RBS removed the cashpoint from the old Natwest building, having promised that it would remain.
And despite representations to RBS, they seem unwilling to entertain sharing premises with another bank or banks to make a viable banking hub.
I have also supported the #SaveOurPostOffice campaign. Read more HERE.
Thank you to everyone who has supported our efforts to date.
The post office services at Bawtry library are open: