The Post Office wants to relocate one of its Sutton branches in a bid to “secure its services for the long-term”.

There are proposals to move the one in Grove Road to a “dedicated area” within WH Smith on Sutton High Street – roughly a quarter of a mile away.

It promises to remain the same, with the exception of a cash machine, but with slightly longer opening hours.

In addition to be being open from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday through Friday, the new Post Office would also be open on Sundays from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

Customers will have access to five serving positions and an additional three self-service kiosks for mail transactions, home shopping returns, E top-ups, and bill payments.

They can also use other services for everyday banking, online shopping returns and collections, as well as foreign exchange.

If approved then the new Post Office would open in March next year.

The Post Office branch in Grove Road. Photo: Google Maps / Street View

Roger Gale, the Post Office’s network and sales director, said: “The vast majority of our 11,500 Post Offices, large and small, are successfully operated on a franchise basis with retail partners.

“We believe this is the best approach to keeping post offices in main shopping locations and at the heart of communities where they play an important role in local economies.

“We believe our proposal is the most effective way to secure the long term viability of Post Office services for years to come.”

A public consultation has now begun and will run until December 12 this year, with letters having already been sent out.

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