Closure 'until further notice' of Haverhill's Post Office was 'always on the cards'
A town of some 27,000 people has been left with just one sub post office to serve its population after the closure 'until further notice' of the main post office in the High Street.
A sign, which went on its front door on Wednesday, where it still remains, says:"Unfortunately due to issues with staffing we will be closed until further notice. Sorry for any inconvenience it has caused."
The Echo has asked for the Post Office to comment on the closure and is awaiting a response.
Back in January, the Echo highlighted concerns raised by town and borough councillor, Dave Smith, over the then proposed takeover of the branch on a franchise basis by ZCO Ltd.
The privatisation of the branch has since gone through despite a campaign against it by protestors.
Mr Smith, who is also a Communications Workers Union (CWU) officer for the post office section of the branch, said at the time: "The concern is the dumbing down of the service and replacing decent jobs for minimum wage and the retention of staff and all that knowledge and experience that goes with it."
Following the current closure of the branch - which leaves Haverhill with just one sub post office with a single-counter - Mr Smith said: "As we have said in the past this is always going to be a danger. You have not got the security of the back up of the whole organisation.
"If you are just like an independent post office then you have got to sort out your own problems, it's not as if you are going to be able to draft people in from another office to keep you open."
Mr Smith said he has heard that the branch has gone from having eight full-time equivalent staff to just 3.5, leaving little wiggle room if, for example, two staff go off sick at the same time.
He added: "It's really a poor situation all round.
"A town of the size of Haverhill, with almost 30,000 people now. It's just ludicrous.
"We did warn people that this was a possibility, that this was going to happen."