The new Warmley Tower Post Office will provide a 7 day a week service once it opens inside Cosctcutters on Tower Road South next month, Oldland Parish Council was told at its meeting last night. Representatives from The Post Office attended the meeting to confirm to councillors that the present Post Office on Heath Rise will close on Tuesday 14th May and the new facility at Costcutters would open on Friday 17th May. During the transition period customers are advised to use either Longwell Green, Warmley or Oldland Common as the nearest alternatives. Laura Tarling from the Post Office explained that the new Post Office would be one of their new style retail design and would have an open counter. One of the consequences would be that more Post Office services could be provided within the opening hours of the retail store which are currently from 6.30am to 11pm. She confirmed that the public consultation process which preceded the decision had highlighted concerns from the public over journey times and access to the Costcutter store, which sits on the busy junction of Cadbury Heath Road and Tower Road South.
Councillors and members of the public continued to voice their concerns over access and potential dangers in crossing the road in the area and it was agreed that the Post Office would work together with the Parish Council and Safer and Stronger Communities Group to lobby South Gloucestershire Council to for traffic calming measures in the area. It was also confirmed at the meeting that while there had been other expressions of interest in taking on the Heath Rise Post Office Licence, these had been ruled out during the evaluation process either because the premises were too small or they were too close to other existing Post Offices. The alternative to the Costcutter site would simply have been no Post Office.