Skegness looks set to be without its main Post Office until ‘later in January’, after the company confirmed that building issues had forced it to delay the opening of a new site.
The news comes after the Post Office missed the original opening date of January 2 for its new site inside Beales Department Store on Lumley Road.
Central Skegness has been without a Post Office since December 27, when the Co-op inside the HIldreds Centre, where the old Post Office was located, closed its doors.
It had been hoped that the January 2 opening date would make for a near seamless transition.
But the unexpected delays mean it could be weeks before the new site opens - leaving customers with a trek of around a mile to the nearest alternative in Burgh Road, and roughly two miles for the one in Winthorpe.
This has sparked concerns that it will seriously inconvenience the elderly and infirm, who may struggle with the longer distances involved.
There have also been fears that the other local Post Offices will be swamped with customers in the interim.
The Post Office has apologised for any inconvenience and said it ‘hoped’ to have the new Beales site open ‘later in January’.
A spokesperson said: “The preparation work for the move of Skegness Post Office branch to a new location at Beales Department Store, 77-87 Lumley Road, has been delayed slightly while the landlord awaits a structural engineer’s report about a load-bearing wall,” said a spokesperson for The Post Office.
“We know how important Post Office services are to residents in the town and therefore we are working hard to keep any disruption in services to a minimum, and hope the new branch will be opening later in January,” they added.