THE fight to restore Post Office services in Banks has moved a step closer to reality.
The Church Road branch closed last November after the sub-postmaster resigned and the premises were withdrawn from Post Office use.
Last month, the Advertiser revealed North Meols councillor Paul Blane had offered the use of the village community centre, only to see the offer fall on deaf ears.
But the Post Office has now identified a preferred site for a Post Office Local service – delivered within an existing business, such as a hotel or shop – and is in negotiations with a local businessman over the proposal, according to Cllr Blane, who met with the service to discuss the issue.
Following the meeting, he told the Advertiser: “I have been told they are in discussions with a businessman in the area, but they can’t reveal specific details at this stage.
“The Post Office has accepted they have the fall- back option of the parish council and community centre but said they would like to go ahead with the current negotiation as their preferred option.
“If negotiations are successful, I have been told they will go out to public consultation to see if people would be happy with the proposal. I went into the meeting unsure of their intentions, but was quite impressed by what they had to say.
“I understand their reasons for the preference of a retail environment over the community centre, and hope this will now lead to the restoration of Post Office services for Banks.”
Thanking the Advertiser for supporting the campaign for services to be resumed in the village, he added: “What I would say is, should this get to the stage of going out to consultation, it’s important that everyone who would benefit responds, so we can really show the need is there to provide this service in the area.”