(The first customer of the new North Cave post office Mr Eric Howard & with Maria Shelton)
Some really fantastic news for the people of North Cave, who have got their post office back this morning.
It was less than 6 months ago that the long standing Post Office in the village closed, this a couple of years after the village also lost the cash machine when the HSBC refused to reinstall the machine after a botched robbery.
Well done to North Cave shop owners Maria and Paul Skelton for incorporating the Post Office Local facility into their village shop, I looked into the business case with them and it’s not that they will make a fortune out of this – especially with the post office counter taking over a significant amount of space previously used for retail. It’s very much credit to them for giving something back to the village.
The new Post Office Local will offer almost the range of services offered by the recently closed post office, including the taxing of vehicles – but will be open much longer, so people will be able to access post office services in the early morning and evening as well as through the day, and over the weekend too.
There is also a free to use cash machine facility as part of the deal which compensates for the loss of the HSBC machine, unfortunately this will not be available to HSBC customers – which seems to be another good reason for North Cave residents to switch from HSBC to a bank where they can get cash from a machine in their village.
This is very much a positive for North Cave, well done to the residents and all those who supported the shop in taking on the Post Office – we have seen a Post Office Local established in nearby Eastrington during the last 18 months which is continuing to grow, and I see no reason why this will not be the case in North Cave.
So again well done, and many thanks to Maria and Paul Skelton – and I wish them the very best of luck with this.