A VILLAGE church could soon be converted into a part-time Post Office.

It was hoped to move the service from the late Margaret Kettle’s village shop before the end of last year.

The former postmistress died aged 100, in December, 2022 and the property was put on the market.

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Methodist Church in Goostrey, only a few yards away, came to the rescue with the offer of accommodation at the front of the church.

A planning application has been made to Cheshire East Council for a change of use for part of the church, with the introduction of a new disabled access ramp and steps outside.

The village shop is still on the market and it is hoped a stamp of approval will be given before a sale is completed.

The church says many residents rely on this service and believes it is ‘of vital importance’ that it remains in Goostrey.

Under the plans, the existing vestry would have a dual purpose as a vestry and part time Post Office, with the rest of the church retaining its ecclesiastical use.

A new door would continue to serve as a means of an emergency exit from the church.

The design and access statement reads: ‘The Methodist Church presents an ideal location, in close proximity to the existing site on the main road, is easily identifiable and reachable, and with a few minor accessibility changes, it is capable of providing a continued Post Office service in Goostrey.

‘The retention of the Post Office in the village, even on a part time basis would be an asset and benefit for the village and other local rural villages.’ The Post Office has confirmed that the space within the church is suitable for use as a post office.

Goostrey Parish Council and several residents have already lodged their support for the plans.

The closing date for comments is February 15.

A decision is expected in March