THE LEADER of Thurrock Council says he is “disappointed” that plans for the future of the Grays Post Office have hit snags.
But, speaking on Tuesday (23 April), Cllr John Kent said: “I am disappointed that it seems there are new problems over the longer-term future of the Post Office.
“We are working closely with everyone involved and make sure local people are kept in the loop about what is happening.”
He said he had been told the bidders wanting to run the Post Office had pulled out last week, citing commercial reasons.
Cllr Kent said: “I have been assured the present temporary arrangements will continue as long as the Grays Shopping Centre allows the interim use and that the franchise will be re-advertised as quickly as possible.”
He said he had also sought re-assurances about the Post Office’s commitment to Grays and “expressed my disappointment we still have no permanent solution”.
The Leader added: “I have told officers to liaise directly with the Post Office and to provide whatever support we can, such as selling the positive growth story of the town; working to generate interest with local retailers; and any possible business rate incentives that might be possible.
“I am committed to keeping the Post Office open and running normally in Grays, we will continue to push them hard to secure a permanent solution.”