Rising Bridge Post Office could become a wine bar under new plans


A post office could soon become a wine bar if council approves recently submitted plans.

Last week the owner of the Rising Bridge Post Office on Blackburn Road, Barbara Poole, applied to Rossendale Borough Council asking for permission to turn the post office into a wine bar.

Ms Poole, who has run the post office for 25 years and lives in the flat above, is looking to change the use of the ground floor of the premises and believes up to four new jobs could be created once the open wine bar.

A planning statement submitted to council reads: “The proposed use will cater to the local community which does not have a similar establishment in the immediate locality; furthermore the proposal maintains economic activity in the immediate vicinity , which may have a favorable impact on the impact for other retail/commercial activities locally.

“The premises have been used for retail purposes by the claimant for at least 25 years and this has included a detachment facility at the premises.”

If approved, the wine bar would replace the post office, which is currently being relocated to Eureka Animal Feeds and Tack Shop across the road, meaning the community of Rising Bridge will not be without the service.

A letter from the Post Office Network states: “The relocation of the Post Office is not only about seeing the service remain in the community, but will have better access in the new location, as well as the transformation of two locations in Rising Bridge , with extensive work currently underway at Eureka.

Drawings have been submitted by architect Younus Khan, which detail the changes to the interior of the building, with the first floor remaining a residential apartment.


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