Plan to combine Saltford's post office and library 'needs community's support'
Published on: 05 Feb 2018
A community group hoping to reopen the post office in Saltford say they have been very encouraged by the response to their appeal for help to restore the service.
The village’s post office closed in December following the resignation of the postmaster and after plans to relocate it to the McColl’s shop in Bath Road fell through.
Now the members of Saltford Community Association have come up with a proposal that could not only bring back post office services but could also safeguard the future of the village’s library.
Under the plans, the post office would reopen inside the library, managed by a postmaster who would be employed to work for 26 hours a week alongside a team of library volunteers.
Transactions and sales would cover salary costs, says the SCA, while donations and rent from the parish council would cover running costs. “Positive” discussions have been held with B&NES and the Post Office, which would cover initial set-up costs.
The joint post office/library venture would be set up as a non-profit subsidiary of the SCA charity and would be overseen by a voluntary management committee.
A public meeting held in January to outline the proposals was attended by around 60 people interested in getting involved and a spokesperson for the SCA said: “The need for financial support from the local community is a key feature, as is the need for a volunteer force to form the management committee and to staff the library.”
If the plan does not go ahead, said the spokesperson, the SCA believed “there would cease to be a post office and a local library branch in Saltford”.
The next step is to form a management committee, with an overseer who has experience of running a post office, as well as recruiting a postmaster and building up a team of volunteers to staff the library.
Anyone who is interested can contact the SCA at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the SCA office on 01225 874081.