Post O ce blues

The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS -

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

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