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Last chance to have your say on the future of Guildford's Post Office

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Last chance to have your say on the future of Guildford's Post Office

Published at 6:00am 12th December 2018.

We're being asked to help decide the future of Guildford's post office.

A public consultation will close next week on plans to move the site into WHSmith on the High Street. 

If approved, the Post Office would operate from a newly built open-plan facility on the first floor of WHSmith, which could be accessed by lift, escalator or stairs.

The proposals come amid a promise to secure "long term viability" of services.

The new facility would have self-service kiosks for some transactions as well as traditional counter services.

Plans to relocate a war memorial currently in Guildford Post Office have not been finalised.

The Post Office says they will locate it somewhere that allows the public to continue to pay their respects to General Post Office (GPO) workers who sacrificed their lives in war.

The proposal is part of the Post Office's plans to modernise its branch network and secure the long-term viability of services within communities, saying "we are confident that our proposal is the best way of safeguarding services for the community for years to come."

However local business owners are concerned about the impact the move could have on businesses surrounding the current Post Office location,

Tom Walmsley, owner of Fresh Choices Cafe next to the current Post Office, believes if services are moved his business is likely to suffer, as are many others.

"Our customers understand that if the Post Office goes, Fresh Choices will also close."

He says if they lose any more than 10% of their customers his business will close, and they are already on a knife edge.

Mr Walmsley says many other local businesses nearby are also struggling, and they are concerned another business is unlikely to locate to the current Post Office site should the plans go ahead.

The consultation closes on December 19. You can contribute by going to the consultation's website.