Colne Post Office reopens after revamp

CELEBRATIONS: The official opening of the Skipton Road post office (S)
CELEBRATIONS: The official opening of the Skipton Road post office (S)
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A modernised Colne post office has been officially opened by Pendle’s MP.

Andrew Stephenson cut the ribbon at a ceremony for the new Skipton Road Post Office.

Plans have been put in place for extended opening hours, and the revamped building now has three counter positions. Post office services will be available from 8-40am to 5-30pm, Monday to Saturday, at the site, which is managed by Ramiz Shaikh.

Postmaster Fazal Shaikh said: “We are delighted to be welcoming customers to our newly modernised branch.

“We are very pleased to be officially launching it today for the community. We hope our customers like their new post office and we would like to thank Andrew Stephenson for taking time from his busy schedule to come here today.

“We’d also like to thank the local community for their continued support and use of the branch.

ALL SMILES: Postmaster Fazal serves Andrew Stephenson MP in the new look branch (S)

ALL SMILES: Postmaster Fazal serves Andrew Stephenson MP in the new look branch (S)

“The open-plan counter makes it easier for customers and staff to talk, and the extra opening hours make it more convenient as people now have more choice as when to visit.”

And Mr Stephenson added: “I’m pleased to be here today to formally open the new Skipton Road Post Office and I would like to congratulate Fazal on his hard work, the branch looks great.

“The post office is vital to the community in Colne and I’m sure the improved environment, and the longer opening hours, will be warmly welcomed by the community.”

Skipton Road Post Office allows customers to withdraw cash from a Post Office Card Account, send funds abroad using Moneygram, pay bills, pre-order travel money, and top up mobile phones.

The post office is vital to the community in Colne and I’m sure the improved environment, and the longer opening hours, will be warmly welcomed by the community

Andrew Stephenson MP

Richard Hall, post office senior stakeholder manager, said: “We understand how important having a post office is to residents around Colne and I am confident this new modern post office will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.

“This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the post office and marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

OFFICIAL OPENING: Fazal Shaikh,  Andrew Stephenson MP, and manager Ramiz Shaikh (S)

OFFICIAL OPENING: Fazal Shaikh, Andrew Stephenson MP, and manager Ramiz Shaikh (S)