Late deal to keep lifeline for villagers

Flashback: Ramanlal Mistry receives his 30-year long service award last year from Post Office Ltd's Dennis Watson and is joined by his wife Sushila.
Flashback: Ramanlal Mistry receives his 30-year long service award last year from Post Office Ltd's Dennis Watson and is joined by his wife Sushila.

MIXENDEN Post Office has been saved after intervention from Calderdale Council.

The authority has stumped up £3,000 to part-fund the running of the building for the next three months.

An agent will run the office on a temporary basis but its long term future in the village has been assured.

The deal, struck following a meeting between the council and Post Office, finalises weeks of uncertainty.

In February owner Ramanlal Mistry and wife Sushila postponed their retirement to enable the office to keep open.

A potential buyer for the premises fell through last week and Mr and Mrs Mistry planned to close the business today.

But, they have now agreed to continue until May 3 to keep continuity of service.

Ward Coun Barry Collins (Lab, Illingworth/Mixenden) said the office - and its cashpoint - was a lifeline for many people and there was a real fear it would not reopen.

“I’m delighted the effort to keep it open has been successful,” he said. The new arrangement is for a year but will be reviewed in three months.

“The Post Office told me this could not have been done without council support.”

The council money has come from part of the development costs for the proposed Mixenden Centre.

That joint £2.2 million project between the council and Pennine Housing, will see new shops, a post office, library, offices and community facilities on the site of existing library, shop premises and the former Jumples pub.

Mr and Mrs Mistry have run the office for over 30 years.

“We need time for ourselves like everybody else,” he said.

“It has not been a bad journey but there comes a time when you have to go.”

Around 1,000 customers a week use the office and he said he was pleased they would not be inconvenienced by having to travel out of the area for services.

The office’s retail outlet will cease on May 3.

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