Taunton Post Office in North Street has been able to re-open on a temporary basis.
The closure was originally planned for Saturday March 30th after the post-master resigned.
A Post Office spokesperson, said: “We are pleased to announce that Taunton Post Office will be open with a temporary Postmaster. This will restore Post Office service to this area of Taunton. The branch will be at the premises where the branch has operated for the past five years (52 North Street).”
“We understand how important a Post Office is to a community and we would like to reassure customers that we are working hard to find a permanent solution. Any retailer or small business owner interested in running the Post Office and incorporating it into their business should email NTquestions@postoffice.co.uk.”
Sevices resumed yesterday lunchtime. (Tuesday April 2nd.)
Meanwhile, a petition has been started to save Taunton’s main Post Office which will be presented to the new Council.
Taunton’s Labour candidates took to Taunton’s High Street with a petition on Saturday morning.
The “Let’s save Taunton’s Main Post Office” petition aims to use people power on the new council to bid for the franchise to run the post office and provide secure, fit-for-purpose premises, free from the risk of closure.
Cllr Libby Lisgo had raised the issue at a recent Shadow Council meeting. She said “People are appalled that Somerset’s county town is reduced to having no secure main post office. People living and working in Taunton rely on the crucial services the post office offers, especially ones that they can’t, or aren’t happy to access online.”
The decline of the main post office has come over a period of years, during which staff and the public have had to endure worsening conditions.
“The Council should be able to provide Taunton with such a key facility as a full-service post office in the town” said Priorswood candidate Brenda Weston.