RESIDENTS in Teesville will be able to send letters and parcels, and pay bills, with ease as a new Post Office branch has opened up on Kingsway Avenue.

For more than two years, locals looking for Post Office facilities would have to travel to neighbouring areas but thanks to the work of South Bank ward councillors Neil Bendelow, Ian Jeffrey and Sue Jeffrey a new counter has been created.

Officially re-opened on Thursday 14 December, the ward councillors assisted shop owner Gerry Cortez in getting to this stage by working with the council’s licencing team as well as regularly meeting with representatives from the Post Office to keep raising the issue with them, in addition to looking at finding a long-term solution.

Cllr Neil Bendelow said: “Local people have missed having the Post Office available to draw their weekly pension, it is good to see the hard work by everyone to get the Post Office open again for the community.”

Cllr Sue Jeffrey added: “Post Offices are a really important local service, particularly as we more and more see the banks withdrawing from our high-streets.  I am delighted that we have succeeded in returning the post office service to Teesville and wish the venture every success.”