Closure shock for Doncaster village PO

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The closure of a Doncaster village post office is being questioned by MP Ed Miliband.

Post Office chiefs say Sprotbrough PO, on Thorpe Lane, will close ‘temporarily’ on May 10 due to “the resignation of the sub-postmaster and the withdrawal of the premises for Post Office use”.

No re-opening date has been given and Mr Miliband, who represents Sprotbrough as part of his Doncaster North constituency, said the branch was “important” to the village.

He said: “Post offices are an important part of all Doncaster’s communities, providing a range of much-needed services.

“I know that people in Sprotbrough value their branch and will want to know from the Post Office what plans are in place for the service to return to the village, and, when that happens, what format the new branch will take.

“I’ve asked the Post Office to clarify their plans and I hope they will resolve the situation quickly.”

After the closure the nearest post office will be in Warmsworth.

A Post Office manager told Mr Miliband’s office: “I would like to assure you that we are currently investigating the options available which will enable us to reinstate a Post Office service to the local community.

“In exploring this, it is important that any future service is sustainable for the person operating the service and for the Post Office.”