Hackney Council moves step closer to reopening Post Office

Hackney Council has moved a step closer to reopening Murray Grove Post Office.

The Council will now go out to tender to try to find a partner to run the Post Office in Hoxton, following approval from Cabinet (on Monday 26 October).

A public consultation over the summer with residents and local businesses showed that there was strong support to reopen the Post Office, which closed in June 2008 as part of the Post Office Network Change Programme.

Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney, said: “Residents and local businesses, supported by their local councillors, have told us that they would like to see Murray Grove Post Office reopened and that its closure has affected the way they go about daily tasks such as using postal services, paying rent and bills, and receiving benefits and pensions.

“We’re now looking for a partner to run the Post Office. If this is successful, residents and businesses will need to support the Post Office by using it regularly to ensure the Council can keep it open for them in the long-term.”

If a partner is found to run the Post Office, it will be initially funded for up to five years, with a review after two years, to assess levels of use and financial viability. It is hoped the Post Office would reopen in early summer 2010.