Have your say on local Post Office

October 22, 2013 1:54 PM
Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake is encouraging local residents to come along to an open session on proposals to relocate Wallington Post Office.
This Saturday, 26 October, 09:30-13:00, the Post Office is hosting a drop-in session at the Cricket Centre, Plough Lane, Wallington SM6 8JQ. Residents can come along and find out about the proposals to move the local branch from its current location in Ross Parade to WHSmith in Woodcote Road.
Wallington branch could relocate as early as February 2014. As part of the proposals, the Post Office promises the same range of services will be available over extended working hours, including four hours on Sunday. Plans also include improved accessibility with automatic door and lower-level serving counter. In addition, the Post Office has pledged no compulsory redundancies as a result of the proposed move.
Local MP Tom Brake said: "Keeping up with the modern business environment requires changes in the way post offices operate. Like every other business, thePost Office must be sustainable and should not rely on taxpayers' money."
"Whilst I welcome the much-needed modernisation programme, if the Post Office is relocated to WHSmith, I want the Post Office to guarantee that services will meet the needs of local customers, both now and into the future."
Wallington Post Office is currently one of 369 Crown branches which are directly owned by Post Office Ltd. The move is part of a major modernisation programme across the Post Office network designed to ensure Post Office branches are sustainable, profitable and no longer reliant on Government funding.
The Post Office is holding a six-week public consultation, which started on Monday 14 October. Customers can give their feedback on issues such as the location, the proposed premises, accessibility, or community issues that should be considered before the proposal are agreed.
The consultation will close on 25 November 2013.
Tom added: ""I would encourage everyone to take part in the public consultation. This is your chance to state clearly whether you support or oppose the Post Office's plans and to ensure that the needs of the local community are taken into consideration before any final decision is made."
Comments can be made online at postofficeviews.co.uk, or by FREEPOST to Post Office Ltd, via email to comments@postoffice.co.uk, via the Customer Helpline on 08457 22 33 44 or Textphone 08457 22 33 55.

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