THE Post Office in Longbarn is set for an indefinite closure - although bosses insist the move is temporary.

Pasture Lane Post Office is scheduled to temporarily close on Wednesday, May 15, following the resignation of the current postmaster and the withdrawal of the use of the premises as a post office.

But the Post Office says it ‘cannot provide timescales on the length of the temporary closure at this stage’.

A spokesman said: “Following the resignation of the postmaster and withdrawal of premises for Post Office use, Pasture Lane Post Office will temporarily close on May 15.

“We would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused as we understand how important a post office can be to a community and would like to reassure customers that we will work hard to restore services as soon as possible.

“Following the closure, Post Office services can be accessed at any other convenient branch - including Fearnhead and Paddington post offices.”

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The Post Office branch in Longbarn has only been open for around a year, but a new postmaster is being now sought to take on the role.

A letter from the Post Office to customers, seen by the Warrington Guardian, added: “We would welcome any applications from potential retail partners interested in running a branch locally on our behalf.

“I would like to assure you that we are working hard to keep any period of closure to a minimum, and we are investigating the options available which will enable us to reinstate a Post Office service to the local community.

“In exploring this, it is important that any future service is sustainable for the person operating the service and the Post Office.”