The complicated process to re-establish Hailsham’s Post Office Services is continuing, according to officials.
Since Pipers Post Office closed at Christmas, the Town Council’s application to take over the franchise is ‘progressing well’, but the situation won’t change overnight, Hailsham News has been told.
If accepted, Hailsham Town Council will be the first local authority in the country to take control of its town’s Post Office. A decision as to whether the council’s application has been accepted could be made towards the end of January, but it’s expected to be many more weeks until services are re-introduced.
A spokesperson from Hailsham Town Council told Hailsham News; “We will lose money if we operate the Post Office, it’s certainly not a profit making exercise. However, we believe the loss is outweighed by keeping people coming into Hailsham to use the Post Office and support the local shops and services.”
The Council has recently formed a Community Interest Company (CIC) which would manage the Post Office and the former staff from Pipers have been retained for when services hopefully resume at 10 High Street.
Meanwhile, residents are being urged to support the nearby Post Offices:
Golden Cross Post Office
1 Deanland Wood Park, Hailsham BN27 3RN
Herstmonceux Post Office
Gardner St, Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 4LB
Polegate Post Office
Co-op, 7 The Centre, High Street, BN26 6AQL