Post O ce blues
It was sad to see Labour grumbling in last week’s Wokingham Paper because the Liberal Democrats amended their council motion about the Post Office. The fact is, the Labour motion was badly worded.
The words we added were about the need to keep the same range of Post Office services in Wokingham town, to get guarantees on jobs, to have full
disabled access and for the parcel collection service to continue. Surely Labour doesn’t disagree with any of that? Everyone else was happy to support it.
Yet Labour voted against it! Why?
Well if you look at the film of the meeting you can see them complaining about the amendment before they had even read it. It seems that they were so offended by the idea that someone else could amend their motion that they lost the plot - and they actually voted against the council objecting to a decreased Post Office service!
Amending motions like this happens all the time at Council meetings. Voting against their own motion just because someone else added a bit to it made them look rather silly, to be honest.
Back in the real world beyond the council chamber, the Post Office is a business and will take a decision on whether to move the Post Office – I repeat, move, NOT close – on business grounds. We need to persuade them to keep the services that we need, and to look after their current staff. There will be a public consultation in the New Year. It is important that people respond to that.
Meanwhile, Lib Dem councillors Clive Jones and Lindsay Ferris have been in talks with the Post Office management at a senior level, ensuring that the views of local people are already being heard.
They have had assurances that all the points raised at the council meeting will be covered in the consultation, and are currently trying to find out what will happen to the existing Post Office building if the Post Office itself does move to WH Smith.
That is the sort of thing councillors should be doing – and is far more useful for residents than having a hissy fit over not getting your own way at a council meeting. Cllr Prue Bray, Liberal Democrat councillor for Winnersh, Wokingham