Last chance to share views on Post Of­fice

The Scarborough News - - WELCOME TO YOUR NEWS - By Martina Moscariello [email protected] Twit­ter: @m__­moscariello

Time is run­ning out to share your views on the pos­si­ble clo­sure of Scar­bor­ough’s Crown Post Of­fice.

The six-week pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process of­fi­cially ends to­mor­row. Af­ter that, feed­back will be con­sid­ered ahead of a fi­nal de­ci­sion due to be made in the new year.

Plans to re­lo­cate post of­fice ser­vices on Aberdeen Walk into WH Smith were made pub­lic in early Oc­to­ber when Post Of­fice net­work an­nounced its in­ten­tions to ex­pand the num­ber of post of­fices (cur­rently 135) run by the re­tail store.

Ac­cord­ing to Post Of­fice, the pro­pos­als would guar­an­tee “the long-term sus­tain­abil­ity” of branches across the coun­try, but in Scar­bor­ough, mem­bers of the pub­lic have ex­pressed harsh crit­i­cism.

Many claim there will be is­sues with con­ges­tion while oth­ers pointed out that the de­par­ture of the post of­fice would leave yet an­other empty premises in the high street.

In re­cent weeks, Scar­bor­ough’s Labour Party group also took part in the de­bate by launch­ing a pe­ti­tion against the move.

A spokesper­son from the Labour group said: “The Crown Post Of­fice in Aberdeen Walk has been in situ for 108 years and pro­vides vi­tal ser­vices to our com­mu­nity.

“Peo­ple sign­ing the pe­ti­tion have been very vo­cal in their sup­port for the post of­fice re­main­ing just where it is.”

Un­der cur­rent pro­pos­als, the new post of­fice branch would be lo­cated in a ded­i­cated area in­side WH Smith with five serv­ing po­si­tions and two self-ser­vice kiosks. Open­ing hours would also be ex­tended to in­clude Satur­day af­ter­noons and Sun­days.

Post Of­fice’s Net­work and Sales Di­rec­tor Roger Gale said: “WH Smith and Post Of­fice have worked to­gether suc­cess­fully for more than a decade and our col­lab­o­ra­tion helps to se­cure our ser­vices on high streets for years to come. We’re con­tin­u­ing to re­spond to un­prece­dented change on high streets and in con­sumer trends. By adapt­ing to the needs of cus­tomers we’re mak­ing sure Post Of­fices will mat­ter as much to­mor­row as they do to­day, with ser­vices avail­able when and where peo­ple want them, in con­ve­nient lo­ca­tions and open for longer hours.”

Views on the cur­rent plans can be pro­vided on­line at postof­fice­views.co.uk; by email at com­[email protected]­fice.co.uk; and by post at FREEPOST Your Com­ments.

Con­sul­ta­tion ends on De­cem­ber 28

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