A 21st cen­tury Post O c e

The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS -

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

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