Uppingham Town Council has written to the town’s Community Partnership Uppingham First (UF) seeking stronger partnership working for the future. The request will be debated at the next board meeting of the partnership to be held on July 6th 2023.
In its annual reports, UF has always advised that the town is best served if the town’s statutory, community and business organisations continue to collaborate with each other. Never has the issue been of greater importance now that a threat to the continuity of the town’s Post Office has been revealed with the pending retirement of the present Postmaster, Robin Bromiley.
Speaking at the Uppingham Business Forum, administered by UF, Mr Bromiley expressed concern about the future of the post office. He advised that not only is he retiring, but that the building’s present lease is coming to an end. Chaired by local businessman and town councillor Mark Shaw, the Forum agreed that every effort should be made to ensure continuity of a post office somewhere in the town.
It was further agreed that the partnership write to the present building’s owner, who lives in Belgium, to see if it was likely that the building would be put up for sale at the end of the post office lease. If so, then a bid to secure it as a government approved ‘community asset’ may be possible. Government funds for this are currently available to community groups.
An update on the issue will be offered to the Uppingham community at the next meeting of the town’s Neighbourhood Forum to be held in August.