Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, took up the cudgels on behalf of local people concerned that the Post Office facility at Chain Lane Co-op would choose when Lidl took the store over. Mr Jones wrote to Lid’s UK Managing Director, Mr Ronny Gottschlich appealing for the Post Office Local to be retained in the store.
In a response from the company’s property director, it has been confirmed that the Post Office facility will be kept open for another six months at Chain Lane in line with the Co-ops contract with the Post Office but closed after that when Lidl come to re-organise the store.
However, Lidl is also looking to re-organise their existing store on York Road into smaller retail units and is hopeful that a new Post Office facility may be accommodated on that site.
Whilst it is clearly good news that the Chain Lane Post Office Local is to remain open for the next six months it is disappointing not to have a guarantee of a continuing second post office facility in Knaresborough.
The ideal solution is that the Post Office Local remains permanently at the Chain Lane location. People know the facility is there, they have plenty of parking and they can do their shopping or pick up medication from the pharmacy.
I have therefore written to Lidl once again to impress upon them that this is the desirable outcome. Failing this, I would like a guarantee that a replacement Post Office facility will be a priority for the reconfigured retail unit at Lidl’s current store.
I have therefore written again to the Post Office asking them to make negotiations with Lidl a high priority.