Alex and Billingham Labour councillors campaign to bring “vital” Post Office services back to Billingham

A campaign to bring the Post Office back to Billingham following the sudden closure of both the Neasham Avenue branch in January this year and its replacement in October, has been launched by Billingham Labour councillors and Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham.

The closure of both the branch and its replacement has left Billingham without a Post Office branch, with residents having to travel to Wolviston or Norton for full post office services.

Alex has been in regular discussions with the Post Office following the closure and has received the following information:

  • The Post Office advertised for a “Mains” style Post Office – a dedicated a counter within a retailer offering customers a full range of products and services, during standard hours –in Billingham Town Centre, but this generated no interest.
  • Two separate “Local” style Post Offices – which provides services from the retail till and are open when the shop it is housed within is open – have now been advertised, with only one receiving interest.

Alex is now also seeking urgent updates on the future of the Wolviston Village Post Office following its listing for sale on the property website, Rightmove.

Alex said:

“People in Billingham are really missing their local Post Office. It’s a vital community amenity and it’s really important we get the service back in the town, as well as ensure that post office provision is protected elsewhere across the borough. That’s why I’m working closely with local Billingham councillors to hold the Post Office to account and make sure real efforts are made to get a branch established back in the town.

“With Billingham now receiving £20 million in Levelling Up funding to revitalise the town centre, a replacement Post Office would complement this work and previous investment in the library and refurbished Billingham Forum.”

A petition to bring Post Office services back to Billingham Town Centre has been launched by Billingham Central Councillors Barry Woodhouse and Ann McCoy.