A NEW Post Office branch is set to open inside a busy pharmacy.

The new facility, offering all Post Office services, will open inside The Hythe Pharmacy, in Hythe Quay, Colchester, this summer.

It means Greenstead ward will its own Post Office for the first time in several years.

A spokesman for the pharmacy said: "We are delighted to announce that The Hythe Post Office, located within the pharmacy, will be opening this summer.

"As we currently undergo a major refurbishment, we remain open as usual and would like to thank you for your patience."

Ward councillor Tim Young (Lab) added: "After years of trying, a new Post Office will be opening within The Hythe Pharmacy later this summer.

"We haven’t had one in the area since the one at Hunwicke Road shops closed some time ago. This is great news."

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