THE LEADER of Thurrock Council has expressed his delight at the news that Grays post office is set to return to Grays town centre.
Speaking on Monday (28 April) he said: “It was back in June last year that WH Smiths shut in Grays and the Post Office lost its home. I was determined that the council should provide a temporary home for the Post Office which turned out to be for ten months.
”In the weeks before that I worked with senior officers, the town centre management, and the Post Office management to make sure the council would be able to ensure this vital service continued uninterrupted.
“There are plenty of vulnerable people, the elderly and the disabled who rely on the Post Office in their day-to-day lives, and I was pleased to be able to step in and help.”
He added: “Thursday was the last day people had to come into the Civic Offices in New Road to get their stamps, post their parcels, or get their pension.
“Unfortunately nobody appears to have told Post Office users, or arranged a seamless transfer, so it was around two on Friday afternoon when Post Office services were available in town again.”
He said: “Last year I felt it was important there was a continuous post office service here in Grays and the only way to ensure that was for the council to step in.
“We provided the Post Office with the time it needed to sort out a new and permanent home and it has taken a further ten months to do that – a real example of community leadership and shows that Thurrock is a council that cares about local people at every level.”
The Post Office opened at the Civic Offices in New Road on Monday, 24 June, 2013.