A 21st century Post O c e
With the increasing use of email and digital communications along site the competition of providers for same day/ next day deliveries, the Post Office strikes me as something that needs to evolve in order to survive.
Combining it with WHSmith is not strictly a bad move and there are many towns nearby who have already successfully made that move, rather than lose their Post Office altogether.
I think we need to be clear that what we want for Wokingham is for the same level of service, at least, to be maintained.
In order to continue that service, we hope that most of the Post Office staff will be transferred to WHSmith.
This service must include access for our less able users and it must have the room to manage the throughput of people when the Post Office is busy. Looking at the size of our existing WH Smiths, I have concerns about that being the case.
As WHSmith and the Post Office are both private businesses, we are limited on how much influence we have as whatever happens in the end will be a commercial business decision. We can only put pressure on both organisations to ensure that the service they provide is properly maintained for the benefit of the residents of Wokingham.
Cllr Imogen Shepherd-DuBey, Liberal Democrat councillor for Emmbrook Ward, Wokingham Borough Council