TRADERS in Evesham High Street are set to get a boost with the return of the Post Office to its original home.

Evesham MP Peter Luff was told of the plans in a letter from Simon Smith, retail line manager for the Post Office Ltd, who explained that the branch would have to quit the shopping centre with the imminent closure of the Co-op Store.

Mr Smith explained: "Our main reason for supporting this move is to safeguard Post Office services in the area. The move would also enable us to enhance existing facilities and if the move goes ahead customers will benefit from on street parking outside and a full range of Post Office products and services within a brand new, modern, open plan style branch."

There is to be a consultation with individual customers and representatives of the local community before a final decision. If the move does go ahead, it is expected to take place at the end of April.

Post Office spokesman Sue Dakin said: "We have been working hard to find a new venue and the former premises proved to be the best option in terms of relocation."

She explained: "The franchise still exists between the Co-op and the Post Office and the Co-op will continue to run the service in the High Street premises."

Mr Luff said: "It looks to me as though the Post Office is treating Evesham as it should have been treated all along. I am sure the excellent staff will welcome the move back wholeheartedly."

A delighted John Stych, chairman of the Vale of Evesham Commerce and Tourism Association, said: "It should never have moved in the first place. The vast majority will be delighted it is coming back to its original place. I am sure it will improve trade in the High Street and so will be welcomed by traders."

Councillor Jo Sandalls, who with Councillor Roma Kirke led the fight against the move of the service from High Street, said: "We are really very pleased for the people of Evesham and the villages. What a shot in the arm for the regeneration of High Street. It is absolutely brilliant and if I had a flag I would put it out."