Post Office promises first class store in Skegness following delay
ASSURANCES have been given that the new location for Skegness' main post office will be accessible to all.
The Post Office confirmed last week that the planned opening of a facility on the first floor of Beales Department Store on Lumley Road has been delayed and is unlikely to open until later this month.
But at a meeting of Skegness Town Council, local resident Del Claxton, voiced concerns about the new location and its suitability for people who use wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
He said: "If someone in an electric buggy comes in, they have got to drive into that lift and that puts them the furthest point away from the buttons so they have got to try and reverse in which is almost impossible.
"When they get up to the first floor they have got to negotiate their way through the shop to where the counter is."
At the start of 2012 the Town Council wrote to the Post Office making it clear they expected a new facility to be at least as good as what had previously been offered in the Hildreds Centre.
Several town councillors spoke to share Mr Claxton's concerns on Wednesday evening and said they were working together to do all they can to resolve the current situation.
Councillor Steve Kirk, said: "It shows nothing but pure contempt not only for this council but for everyone that uses the Post Office."
A Post Office spokesman told the Target: "Skegness Post Office will be opening at its new location in Beales where there will be level access at the entrance to the premises with wide automatic doors.
"Internally, the branch will be located on the first floor of the store so customers can use either the escalator, lift or stairs for access. There will be a low-level serving counter, a low-level writing desk, a hearing loop and space for a wheelchair.
"Beales will introduce signage next to the customer lift that will provide information on the alternative larger lift that is available. Staff members will be happy to direct customers to the larger lift and to also operate the lift to assist customers as required.
"In the unlikely event that the lift is unavailable, or for those customers that face difficulty gaining access to the first floor, Beales are looking to provide alternative arrangements on the ground floor," the spokesman added.