A post office in Maida Vale will shut next month after its postmaster resigned.

It was announced yesterday (October 19) that the branch at 249 Elgin Avenue will be closing at 1pm on November 4.

The closure was blamed on “the resignation of the postmaster and the withdrawal of the premises for Post Office use”.

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Westminster councillor Geoff Barraclough described the decision to shut the branch as “annoying”.

In a letter to customers, Mohammed Islam, Post Office’s network provision lead, said: “Post Office is facing a particularly challenging period, as are other high street retailers.

“The impact of rising costs, inflation and restrictions on our funding from Government mean that while we will always look to reopen branches when they close, we cannot commit to doing so in every instance.

“We will be evaluating Post Office service provision in the area and every effort will be made to mitigate the impact this closure will have on the local community.”

There are two other post offices within half a mile of Elgin Avenue – one in Castellain Road and the other in Clifton Road.

People can give their views on the “temporary” closure notice for Elgin Avenue until November 16.