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Burntwood councillor hoping to purchase Post Office to prevent loss of “community asset”

A Burntwood councillor says he is hoping to buy a Post Office to prevent it being lost to the community.

The Post Office at Sankey's Corner. Pic: Google Streetview

The Post Office at Sankey’s Corner. Pic: Google Streetview

The site on Cannock Road had been under threat after planning permission was sought for a change of use to a dental surgery.

The closure of the HSBC and the decision to shut the Barclays branch in the near future had led to concerns locals would be left without access to a number of financial services.

Cllr Darren Ennis

Cllr Darren Ennis

But Labour Councillor Darren Ennis said he was determined not to see the loss of the Post Office.

“I have put in and had an offer accepted to purchase the business,” Cllr Ennis said.

“I have done this as I think this is the only way to guarantee keeping this as a community asset that is much needed with the closure of the banks.

“There was so much concern with a lack of banks, not only from residents but businesses who work with cash. With Sankey’s Corner and Swan Island Post Office being up for sale, this would hit Burntwood massively, forcing more people out of the town to bank and shop.

“I felt this was the best way to guarantee the Post Office will survive and grow as an asset for the community, and I didn’t see any other way this could be done as there had been no interest bar the dentist until my offer was put in.”

But despite making the offer, Cllr Ennis may not be the eventual owner.

“I also know there is a second offer in from another person who is willing to keep this as a Post Office,” he said.

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2 Comments

  1. Nodge

    16th April, 2018 at 8:45 am

    and with that single action, Cllr Ennis has done more than any Tory councillor has ever achieved in Burntwood.

  2. Steve

    16th April, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    What an amazing act.

    We need more people like you in the area.

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