In shock news, Jo and Chris Hedger who have run Horndean Post Office for 3 years have been told they are no longer part of Royal Mail’s plans for the future, and will be gone by Easter. The Post Office has carried out a review of its service and our Horndean office does not fit into a profile of the types of post offices that will be taken forward.
Royal Mail are, we understand, in advanced negotiations with the SPA to locate a smaller office in the proposed new convenience store in the Gales development. Jo and Chris will not have any opportunity to be a part of these plans, but firmly intend to remain a key part of our community offering a tea rooms / card shop service or similar community business. Jo and Chris are after suggestions from us on what new service they can offer in the community so they can remain an active part of Horndean and also make a living.
In the meantime the notification they have received advises that “Results of the survey will have a material impact on anyone in the initial Post Office Local classification. Offices deemed to have insufficient retail sales or scope for retail growth will be encouraged to leave the business, even if this is against their wishes.”
Merry Christmas from Royal Mail.
I hope when passing you will show support and let them know your concern.