Leatherhead Post Office will reopen this Wednesday (November 6) in a news agents in town.

The post office in Leatherhead was closed "temporarily" on October 22 after the resignation of the previous postmaster.

Late last week, Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) announced that the post office in Leatherhead would reopen inside a High Street news agents under the stewardship of a new Postmaster Omid Nowkandi.

Councillor Clayton Wellman, Cabinet Member for the Economy at MVDC, said:

"Leatherhead Post Office will reopen on Wednesday November 6 in Martin’s newsagent in the High Street.

"We are pleased that this important service is once again available to local residents, particularly as we move into the Christmas period when many people are posting gifts to loved ones."

Mr Nowkandi meanwhile spoke of his excitement at becoming the town's new postmaster.

"I am excited to become Leatherhead’s new postmaster, and thrilled that we are able to start providing the service to our residents again.

"We are looking forward to a busy November and December. Please do pop in and say hello," he said.

The reopening of Leathehead's Post Office seems to run against an expected trend of widespread closure of post offices across the country. 

In May this year, the National Federation of SubPostmasters (NFSP) warned that up to 2,500 post offices in the UK risked closure due to the pressures of being profitable and the low pay of subpostmasters. 

Postal Workers affiliated with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) recently voted overwhelmingly (97 per cent of voters) in favour of strike action later this year, citing the "pursuit" of profit by Royal Mail Group Board since Royal Mail's privitisation under the former Conservative-Liberal Democract coalition government among their key concerns.