After a public consultation that ended in August, it has been decided that the High Street Post Office will be relocated later this year.
The Post Office will be relocated to WHSmith in Castle Quay as part of a nationwide modification of the service. Banbury was one of 39 locations singled out for either closure or relocation and the move to WHSmith was a favoured option from the outset.
Relocation of the Post Office will be seamless as the last day at its current location will be November 9 and it will reopen the following day at its new WHSmith location from 9am.
Roger Gale, general manager of the Post Office Crown Network, said: “WHSmith already operates over 100 Post Office branches from their stores in the UK and we’ve been successfully working with them for nearly ten years.”
“They have a proven record of running Post Office branches with consistently high levels of customer service.”
Plans for the WHSmith branch post office include three serving positions, a combination of one screened and two open-plan counters plus two self-service kiosks and assurances have been made that services currently offered by the post office will not be affected.
Banbury and Bicester MP Victoria Prentis said: “While I know that some of my constituents had expressed concerns about the franchising of the Banbury post office, I am really relieved that it has been possible to retain such an important service in the town centre.
“WHSmith is an accessible location; moving the branch to a retail setting will enable the post office to continue serving the community. I would much rather this scenario than Banbury’s post office closing altogether.”