A “POP-UP post office” is being introduced to help with the busy festive period and ensure presents and Christmas cards can be sent on time. 

An additional counter will be put in place at the post office at Sunnyville, Billericay, to ensure people can send parcels, return online shopping orders and send cars to friends and families. 

Bosses hope with the introduction of the pop-up office that customers will be served quicker.

Ian Johnson, the network provision manager, said the move would be a huge help to residents. 

He said: “To help meet customer demand this Christmas in the Sunnyville area of Billericay, we are delighted to have added an extra pop-up counter.

“Christmas is always a busy time of year for Post Offices and with the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic even more people are sending parcels and cards to family and friends.

“There has been a big growth in online shopping and returns and an increase in local businesses sending out their goods via our branch. 

“The extra counter at Sunnyville Post Office will help meet the seasonal demand.”
The Sunnyville Post Office is already open seven days a week from 6am to 9pm during the week and with reduced hours at the weekend.

The branch already offers customers 91 hours of Post Office service a week and with this extra Christmas counter will help customers be served quicker during busy periods.

Councillor Anthony Hedley, part of the Billericay West ward, thought the introduction of the extra pop-up post office is a good idea.

“I think it is a good idea especially having gone through a pandemic.

“It is kind of nice to do things by letter or by the old-fashioned way, rather than relying on social media and email, I think this way it is more personal.

“So, it is a good thing they are able to get stuff delivered on time and have that added capacity as it is the busiest time of year for them.”

The branch is at 6 Bridge Parade, Perry Street, Billerciay.