Dartford Sub Post Office branch returns to Marseans convenience store in Chastilian Road nine years after it was axed

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A post office branch will reopen at its previous location nearly a decade after it closed.

The Chastilian Road, Dartford sub-service closed in September 2013 after the postmaster decided he no longer wanted to run the service.

Secondary Post Office service being restored for Marseans News Agent in Chastilian Road, Dartford. Photo: Google Images

Customers expressed dismay as the branch, located inside Marseans’ convenience store, closed.

Many people were anxious about traveling long distances to other, busier post offices to access services.

But the store’s former postmaster, who had worked at the branch for 12-and-a-half years, said it had become difficult to make money and the popularity of direct debit payments had had a big effect .

Almost nine years later, services will finally be restored to the Dartford location on Wednesday August 10. It will operate 63 hours a week, Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The service will operate from the same premises under new management and will offer a range of products and services.

An old post office in Challock has been empty for almost a year and on the market for two years.
An old post office in Challock has been empty for almost a year and on the market for two years.

Sam Coe, Post Office Network Manager, said: “We are delighted to be restoring post office services to Castilian Dartford Road as we know how important a post office is to a community.

“The long opening hours will also make visiting very convenient.”

The nearest main branch is currently in Dartford High Street and the delivery office is in West Hill.

Smaller post office branches are closing across the country, including one based in a former village shop that is set to be converted into living space after a surge in online shopping during the pandemic hit its business.

An urgent search is also underway to find a new location for a main branch near Gravesend.

Postal workers went on strike over the Jubilee weekend over a pay dispute.

Members of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) in the Crown Post Offices – the largest branches often located on high streets – walked out on Saturday and those in the administration and supply chain networks were due follow suit today.

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