Post Office loss affects village

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The chairman of a village hall has spoken of his “shock” after Kilham Post Office was closed leaving many residents unable to access a postal service.

An outreach Post Office was to be arranged for Kilham Village Hall, however it has not yet been established.

Geoff Smith, chairman of Kilham Village Hall, said: “This leaves the village of Kilham, population 700 to 900 residents, without a post office facility.

“Many of them are pensioners, there are two buses per week and many will suffer.

“I know of many people who use the banking facilities provided by the Post Office.

“They are really going to suffer until someone gets their finger out.”

The post master who serves Kilham has recently taken his retirement and the Post Office closed at 5.30pm on Christmas Eve.

Residents are now forced to travel further afield for Post Office services with the closest office in Driffield and sub-Post Office in Nafferton.

Mr Smith said: “Since our initial meeting with the outreach manager in July there has been no comment from her as to how proceedings were going or difficulties experienced.”

He told the Times and Post the Post Office’s outreach manager had said a sub postmaster would run the outreach office for four afternoons a week.

However no provision has yet been made in Kilham for the outreach service, despite Mr Smith claiming they were promised a replacement before the Post Office closed.

A spokesperson for the Post Office said: “We apologise for the delay in re-instating services to customers in Kilham.

“We understand how important Post Office services are to people in the area and can assure them that we are making every effort to get them back as quickly as possible.”

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