MP recalls school days at Putnoe post office re-opening

MP Richard Fuller cuts the ribbon at Putnoe Street Post Office, Bedford.

MP Richard Fuller cuts the ribbon at Putnoe Street Post Office, Bedford.

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Schooldays were recalled by MP Richard Fuller when he cut the tape at a refurbished post office.

The Bedford and Kempston MP visited the new-look Putnoe Street branch on Friday, October 10 for the re-opening of the post office and store following modernisation.

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Now open seven days a week, with an extra 28 hours, the store in Library Walk has two open plan counters with facilities to do transactions at the retail till.

Mr Fuller, who has fond memories of visiting this branch during his childood, said: “I am really impressed by the changes that have been made throughout the store. Putnoe Street Post Office is at the heart of the community and I want to congratulate John and Pat Pinner, who have run Putnoe Street Post for 27 years, on their vital community role. The earlier opening hours and Sunday opening make it far more convenient for customers to visit. The addition of the car tax service at this branch is also very handy.

“This post office was a favourite place of mine to buy comics and sweets when I was a little boy and went to pick up books from Putnoe Library. It is great to see these changes and modernisation.”

Mr Pinner said: “The Post Office and the whole of the store now look light, bright, modern and airy. The extra till makes it quicker to serve Post Office customers and allows us to do many Post Office transactions on a Sunday and before or after people have gone to work.”

The Government has committed £1.34bn for the Post Office network to make sure there is no programme of Post Office closures and to update branches; in November the Government announced a further £640m investment in the Post Office network, from 2015 to 2018. Nationwide the investment programme will see up to 8,000 branches modernised with additional investment in over 3,000 community and outreach branches.