11:07AM, Wednesday 09 November 2016
The Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead cut the ribbon at the opening of a new Post Office in Furze Platt on Thursday.
The Post Office will operate out of a popular family-run business called 'Stop N Shop' on Shifford Crescent, owned by Hetal Petal and his wife Reshma for nearly 12 years.
The old branch was based in Furze Platt Road, but had been run by a temporary agent since a contract with a previous postmaster ended.
Mr Petal said: "I'm excited, it's going to be great for people in the community who start work early or finish late."
The new Post Office will be open from 6am to 8pm Monday to Saturday, and 6am to 4pm on Sundays.
Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Sayonara Luxton said: "It's very important to support people in the community expanding their business, especially in a way that provides such a vital service to the community.
"More often than not you hear of Post Offices closing down, so I'm happy to see one reopened in this ward. I wish them good luck."
The old branch on Furze Platt Road suffered from a lack of parking space, and as a result was prone to cause dangerous congestion in an area with several schools nearby.
Councillor Hari Sharma (Con. Furze Platt) said: "After a lengthy consultation process between residents, councillors and the Post Office I'm pleased to see a branch reopened in a safer location with adequate parking, in what is basically the heart of the ward.
"All of the Furze Platt ward councillors supported the move, and the extended opening hours will provide extra benefit to the community."
Resident Margaret Davies, of Switchbank Road North, said: "I'm very pleased the Post Office has moved here. I think it could bring in more business to the other shops."
Rob Worley, field change adviser for the Post Office, said: "The process has taken about a year, but we're very pleased with the outcome. It's a lovely shop."
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