THE Post Office will reopen its branch in the Brighton Hill area of Basingstoke, it has been confirmed.

The proposal will see the sub-post office open at the One Stop shop, in Stanford Road, more than five years after the closure of the branch in Brighton Hill Parade, in Brighton Way.

The branch will open from 6am to 11pm from Monday to Friday, and from 7am to 11pm at weekends. An opening date for the branch has not yet been agreed.

Julia Marwood, Post Office regional network manager, said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in this area of Basingstoke, and we are confident that this new modern Post Office will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.”

The decision to reopen the branch comes after campaigners, including Brighton Hill north borough councillors Carolyn Wooldridge and David Eyre, had approached shops to ask them if they would be willing to accommodate a sub-post office.

The Post Office then carried out a consultation with people in Brighton Hill. It said many supported the reopening, although some raised concerns about parking, but the Post Office stated roadside parking is available outside the branch.

The Post Office had signalled its intention to reopen the branch in October last year. At the time, Cllr Wooldridge said she was “completely delighted” with the news, and said it would particularly benefit elderly and disabled people in Brighton Hill who were forced to travel to Buckland Parade, South Ham.