Post Office plans modern branches

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POST Offices across the district are being re-fitted in an attempt to modernise the service.

Branches across the UK are being converted into a new, more modern format over the next three years, and this will affect many of the 25 post offices across the Harborough and Lutterworth area.

According to plans set out by the Post Office, larger branches will be renovated to give them open plan counters and new technology will be brought into branches to give customers some self-service options.

Longer opening hours are also being introduced, as well as some new services for small businesses.

Smaller branches are also to get a new look, with services being offered from a retail counter.

A spokesman for the Post Office said: “The local model is more economical for subpostmasters to run and usually means services are available for much longer hours.”

Nine post offices in the Harborough district have already confirmed that they will be converting to the new formats.

Two larger branches and seven smaller ones will also be involved, although the Post Office has not named them. Discussions are ongoing with the remainder.

The Post Office plan has emerged in a document being looked at by Harborough District Council’s scrutiny commission at its meeting at 6.30pm tonight (Thursday).

The Post Office spokesman said: “There is no programme of branch closures.

“The scheme is costing £1.34bn nationally and involved modernising about 6,000 branches.”

Branches which do not wish to take part in the modernisation may be moved to new outlets.