RESIDENTS concerned that the Post Office in Fairford might leave town altogether have been reassured by the Post Office that shutting down the town’s service is not an option.

Concerns were raised last month in Fairford when the town council said if a shop or business in the town could not take on the Post Office it could disappear.

Post Offices all over the country are currently undergoing refurbishment, as part of a national network transformation, with many residents benefitting from the new changes, which include longer opening hours.

So far, 37 Post Offices across Wiltshire and Gloucestershire have been modernised since April 2012.

Out of this, 12 branches have been relocated to a new building nearby while the others remained where they were after refurbishment.

A Post Office spokesman said the company was undergoing the largest investment programme in its history to help improve profitability, and the benefits for customers through longer opening hours and more modern retail environments.

She added: “We have written to Fairford Post Office, explaining the full range of options available and none of these involves the town losing its Post Office.”

Those options could see it refurbished as a Post Office local, offering a full range of services, or moved to a new location.

Fairford subpostmaster Richard Williams, who also runs Bibury Post Office, has said he will leave the branch following the transformation.