A CONTROVERSIAL relocation of Cavendish Square's post office will go ahead next month.

Hundreds of people signed a petition protesting the branch downsizing from its own dedicated to unit to part of a newsagent.

They feared that the move would lead to longer queues and make it hard for disabled people to access the services it provides.

A Post Office spokesman said: "The relocating branch will be built in line with Post Office specifications, making sure there is sufficient space for the local style Post Office to operate alongside the retail offer.

"We are working closely with the new operator on the internal layout to make sure there is clear access into the new premises.

"Aisles and the queuing area will be kept free from obstructions and adequate room will be provided for customers to move around and access Post Office services without difficulty."

The branch is moving because of the temporary postmaster who oversaw Unit 3 on Whitbourne Avenue cannot continue in the role.

It will close on Saturday October 12 at 4.30pm and reopen in the Premier in Unit 7 on Monday October 14 at 1pm.

Opening hours will be extended by more than 21 hours: 6am to 5.30pm Mondays to Saturdays and 7am to midday on Sundays.

While it's closed for the big move, customers can use the branches at WHSmith on Regent Street and the Walcot Post Office in the Co-op on Sussex Place.