Post Office formerly in Ipswich’s Sailmakers centre opens in new WH Smith location despite objections

The Post Office formerly in Sailmakers in Ipswich has completed its move to the WH Smith store in We

The Post Office formerly in Sailmakers in Ipswich has completed its move to the WH Smith store in Westgate Street - Credit: Archant

A controversial Post Office move in Ipswich was completed last week.

The Post Office formerly in Sailmakers in Ipswich has completed its move to the WH Smith store in We

The Post Office formerly in Sailmakers in Ipswich has completed its move to the WH Smith store in Westgate Street - Credit: Archant

Formerly situated in Sailmakers shopping centre the service has now opened in WH Smith’s store in Westgate Street.

It has four counters and two self-service machines, but the move was criticised when it was announced last year.

During a consultation about the move concern was expressed about the Post Office being on the first floor of WH Smith, which could prove an issue for those with impaired mobility.

At one stage the proposals were opposed by Ipswich Borough Council with leader David Ellesmere saying they were not acceptable and the new location “would not be anywhere near as accessible” as the Sailmakers store.


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In January this year Roger Gale from the Post Office said the WH Smith lift would be refurbished ahead of the branch’s opening and arrangements would be put in place on the ground floor for people unable to get upstairs.

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