Post office hours changing

The post office in the Village of Hazelton is reducing its hours.

The post office in the Village of Hazelton is reducing its hours.

Previously, the doors were open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. but now will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

“We are reviewing our whole network right across the country, and have been for some time since we announced our five-year plan. We are looking at all of our retail outlets to make sure they reflect the traffic pattern of the customers in the community,” said Canada Post spokesperson John Caines.

“There was very little traffic before nine and from noon to one so we’ve adjusted our hours to make sure we are open when the customers are using it.”

Caines said he has not heard any negative feedback about the changes.

However, Mayor Alice Maitland said she isn’t happy with the reduced service and knows of others who don’t like the changes.

“Canada Post doesn’t understand that while mail use has gone down, in our community mail is still a very important way to communicate. The very people that need it the most can only get to it during the lunch hour,” she said.

Maitland said council will continue to push for more hours and more staff at the post office.