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Cottam Post Office to permanently stay in community centre

Posted on - 17th August, 2023 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Cottam, Preston News
David and Emma Brown are also stepping down as postmasters ahead of the refurbishment of Cottam Post Office Pic: Post Office

The Post Office in Cottam is to permanently move into the community centre.

The duo currently running the temporary Post Office are also due to step down after 22 years of service.

The postal service was forced to relocate in November 2021 due to major flooding in Hoyles Lane and Sandy Lane.

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Within the space of nine days the pop-up post office was established in the Cottam Community Centre thanks to councillor Trevor Hart who is also chair of the community centre.

Proposals had been put together for a renovation of the previous Hoyles Lane Post Office but this has now been sold to new owners who want to convert it into a convenience store.

The Post Office is now going to redevelop the temporary Cottam Post Office into a permanent base with new counters, shelving and a new entrance. The opening hours after re-opening will be 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.

Emma and David Brown will step down as postmasters on Saturday 9 September at 12.30pm when the Cottam site will close to refurbishment until Monday 25 September.

David and Emma Brown in the current temporary post office

Emma, who was born and raised in Cottam, said: “We want to sincerely thank our loyal customers over the past 22 year and to thank them for their support especially since the flood. They are more than customers – they are like family. You’ll walk down the street and people wave or stop for a chat. Dave and I will miss you.”

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While the Cottam branch is closed for its refurb the nearest post offices are at Larches in Elswick Road and at Ashton-on-Ribble in Lane Ends.

The Post Office is consulting on its proposal to keep the Cottam branch, anyone with feedback can contact comments@postoffice.co.uk or visit postofficeviews.co.uk with the branch code 245501.

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