Plans to convert ex-post office to homes in Mellor

Lancashire Telegraph: Coun Stella Brunskill Coun Stella Brunskill

A FORMER post office and shop is set to become houses, if planners agree.

The owner of the cottage which housed the two stores, in Church Lane, Mellor sold the post office side of the business to the nearby Spar, and closed the shop, with the loss of six jobs.

Kirsten Heys now wants to extend the building, and convert it to two homes.

One would be a three-bedroom property, and the other a two-bedroom property.

In a statement to Ribble Valley Council, Ms Heys’ agent, Robert Jopling, said the post office and store had ‘for many years’ prov-ided a service to Mellor, and the surrounding population.

He said: “However, over time the business became unprofitable.

“The post office part of the business had to become supportive to the shop income.

“The ultimate decision was to market the premises and business for sale.”

After listing the business with two estate agents, the only offer came from Spar.

Mr Jopling added: “Spar was interested in the post office bus-iness alone, additionally impos-ing a caveat that the owners of the shop should agree not to re-establish trading.”

Mellor councillor Stella Brunskill said: “The post office has moved to the Spar.

“We were sorry to see it go.

“It closed around three months ago.

“It was well used and very handy for people.

“The Spar is not as handy for people who walk, but the serv-ice is still there, and the staff are very nice.

“We have not lost the amenity.

“Although we would have wanted it to remain in an old cottage, we can’t stop progress.

“We have to move with the times.”

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5:06pm Thu 2 Jan 14

phil kernot says...

Sign of the times , would have made a nice green grocers or tea room , saying that parkings not very good there ,,
Sign of the times , would have made a nice green grocers or tea room , saying that parkings not very good there ,, phil kernot

7:35pm Thu 2 Jan 14

willie eckerslike says...

So, you didn't like the parkin, well there used to be a stall on colne open market that sold traditional "STICKY PARKIN", a decent sized slab for about £3, and I have never tasted rum truffles like the ones I bought from that stall, they were to die for, the stall has now long since disappeared .
So, you didn't like the parkin, well there used to be a stall on colne open market that sold traditional "STICKY PARKIN", a decent sized slab for about £3, and I have never tasted rum truffles like the ones I bought from that stall, they were to die for, the stall has now long since disappeared . willie eckerslike

11:15am Fri 3 Jan 14

mellormoo says...

It's no less convenient at the former Spar shop as it's within walking distance of the whole village. Parking is definitely eased on Church Lane.
I hope Mellor residents will continue to support this valuable community resource.
I would say it has been closed for at least 6 months!
It's no less convenient at the former Spar shop as it's within walking distance of the whole village. Parking is definitely eased on Church Lane. I hope Mellor residents will continue to support this valuable community resource. I would say it has been closed for at least 6 months! mellormoo

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