New post office for Derby city centre
A NEW post office will open in Derby city centre, replacing two branches that are to close.
The Crown Post Office branches in Midland Road and Victoria Street will close in May.
A more "modern" branch will open in Babington Court, Babington Lane.
It will offer a range of services, with longer opening hours and an open-plan layout to offer ample space and better access.
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There will be ten counter positions, as well as four self-serve "post & go" terminals.
The new branch will have two rooms where customers will be able to get advice on matters such as mortgages and credit cards.
Nick Carroll, regional manager, said: "Merging these two branches into a new, modern, fully equipped post office in newly refurbished premises will secure the long-term viability of Crown Post Office services in Derby City, benefiting our customers.
"We understand how important Post Office services are to people in Derby.
"We want to make it easier for customers to do business with us through opening a new branch in a more central location."
The move comes as the Midland Road and Victoria Street Crown branches have seen a decline in customers.
City councillor Gulfraz Nawaz has described the move as "cost-cutting" at the expense of people in the community.
Speaking when the proposals were mooted, Mr Nawaz said: "I think these plans will affect a lot of people.
"Some people wouldn't be able to make the trip and this facility shouldn't be taken away.
"The facility has been there for years and I would say it is cost-cutting and saving money at the expense of people in the community."
The new store will offer customers the usual range of services with longer opening hours, from 8.30am until 6pm in weekdays – apart from Tuesday, when doors will open at 9am.
Saturday times will be 9am to 5.30pm.
It will be closed on Sundays.
Readers on the Telegraph's thisisderbyshire.co.uk website said it was bad news.
"It is just another nail in the coffin for Victoria Street," said one poster, named georgiesmum. And janine2011 wrote: "So the elderly have to walk all the way UPHILL towards Babington Lane then UPHILL again to use the post office. Way to go idiots. They will close that when no one uses it because it is too far out of the city centre."