South Shields Post Office should stay in town centre, say readers

South Shields Post Office, Keppel Street

South Shields Post Office, Keppel Street

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Uncertainty over the future of the main Post Office in South Shields has led to residents calling on it to stay in the town centre.

Gazette readers have taken to social media to voice their opinions after we revealed a planning application had been submitted to relocate the Royal Mail delivery office in Keppel Street, South Shields to the Rekendyke Industrial estate.

“Put it in King Street , there are plenty large empty properties.”

The move is to enable the building - which also houses the Post Office - to be demolished to make way for the town centre’s 365 regeneration plan.

However, as yet there has been no decision as to where the actual post office will be sited.

The majority of readers calling for it to stay in the town centre.

Jim Hodgson wrote: “Just leave it where it is - the town is bad enough.

Sarah Nufc Louise said: “If its going to be knocked down put it in an empty building in the town where the shops are.”

Heather Ditchburn Curry wrote: “Put it in king street , there are plenty large empty properties.”

Lianne Douglas said: “It was fine there! Central which is useful for a post office!”

Robert Ambrose suggested in his comment it could be relocated to the Market Place.

Paul Gray said: “It does make you wonder where the planning is, now that we are are onto our third library and we now intend to knock down the main post office in the town.”

Susan Sinclair wrote the post office should stay in the town centre. She added: “I don’t want to be going down Laygate or whatever to get my parcels if it isn’t broken don’t fix it!”

Richard Lees said: “ Post Office and parcel collection point - King Street.

“Sorting office - don’t care!”

Darren Wilkey commented: “Try somewhere that’s not a 10 min walk from the main bus routes like West Warpole Street is! Why doesn’t the PO insist on having one of the outlets inside the new transport interchange, makes sense.”

Bri Coates commented: “Move it to the moon, would make a lovely day out.”

Anita French said: “Leave it or put in King Street.”

According to the plans the relocated delivery office would have space for 32 vans, plus car parking spots.

There would be 48 spaces for staff, five for customers and three areas for disabled drivers.

The relocation would also safeguard 86 jobs.

Comments can be made on the plans until August 4 by searching for application number ‘ST/0656/16/FUL’ on www.southtyneside.gov.uk

A decision will be made at a future planning meeting.