In the Summer, we reported that the Post Office at McColl’s, and McColl’s, on Durham Road was closing in October. Sadly, this has now happened. Post Office Ltd do not have a new site for a post office but one business has shown an interest in having a post office on their premises.
However, Post Office Ltd have said that even if this successfully proceeds it is ‘‘highly unlikely’’ that it will be available in time. They are looking into the possibility of a temporary mobile post office in Low Fell until a more permanent one can start up.
Unfortunately, Gateshead Council has rejected their request to use Lowrey’s Lane car park or Cross Keys Lane car park for the temporary mobile post office.
Local Councillors Ron Beadle, Susan Craig and Daniel Duggan have asked the Council to reconsider, and the Post Office is continuing to look for other possible temporary sites.
Cllr. Ron Beadle said ‘‘We will continue to raise these issues with Post Office Ltd and the Council and will keep residents informed in future editions of ‘Focus’.
‘‘We would like to thank the hundreds of local people who completed and returned our survey about the post office. We have used the hundreds of survey forms to show Post Office Ltd and the Council how valued our Post Office is here in Low Fell.
‘‘Post Office Ltd have agreed that keeping a post office in Low Fell is one of their priorities’’.
The Post Office have also written to us and have told us that anyone who might be interested in having a post office on their premises should phone 0845 601 6260.
The nearest remaining post offices are:
Lyndhurst Post Office, 29 Wetheral Gardens, Gateshead
Saltwell Road Post Office, 66 Saltwell Road, Gateshead
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It’s that time of year again! The Low Fell Summer Fayre will be held on Saturday 24th June, 12 noon till 4pm in Kells Lane Park and all are welcome!
We have live entertainment from Midnight Breeze, Julie Maughan, Dave Lynas, Tune Army and Oakfield School.
There will be various stalls, hot and cold food, a bouncy castle and much more.
The event will be opened by the Deputy Mayor of Gateshead and is organised by the Low Fell Forum with the support of Gateshead Council.
Councillor Susan Craig, Chair of the Low Fell Forum, said ”The fayre is a great day for all and is a wonderful opportunity to bring our community together. We hope many residents comes along and enjoy the day”.
There is no parking outside the park and the nearest large car parks are at Lowreys Lane and Cross Keys Lane. We would encourage people to walk, cycle or use public transport to attend the event.
The wall at the bottom of Lowreys Lane car park has now been rebuilt. Previously it was left in a poor state of disrepair for a number of months (pictured below).
Councillor Daniel Duggan said ”It’s good that the collapsed wall has now been removed as the rubble of bricks looked bad. However, rebuilding this wall and remodelling the bays has cost the taxpayer £7,458. The wall was never actually needed in the first place and the money would surely have been better spent on other priorities in Low Fell”.