Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Post Office Closures - Is Yours on the List?

Among those being closed in Thanet North are Minnis Road in Birchington, Dane Road in Margate and Canterbury Road in Westbrook.

You can see the Meridian News report here:

In Thanet South, Laura Sandys, the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate has condemned the Post Office culling programme that is proposing the closures in South Thanet - Cliffs End, Grange Road in Ramsgate and Bellevue Road in Ramsgate and the village post office of Woodnesborough.

"It cannot be right to close a post office in the small community of Cliffs End that supports the only shop in the village. The residents will have to either get on the bus or get in their car if the community shop does not survive. This will hit the most vulnerable the worst.

“Ironically Cliffs End post office was opened by Dr Ladyman MP to great fanfare. However since then it appears that he has done little to support it. In 2006 in Parliament he voted against the Conservative motion to help save our post offices and has done little to stop the Government’s policies of eroding sub post offices business opportunities.

“Woodnesborough has one of the prettiest post offices in Kent and serves the whole community of 500 households. It is at the heart of the village and again without the post office service will the shop survive?”

“Government policies have undermined the small post offices’ businesses. It has stripped pension and TV license and Road Tax business away from sub post offices and it is Gordon Brown who, as Chancellor, designed the financial plan for the Post Office and must carry the can for the destruction of a first-class community service.

“The Post Office is putting forward proposals for Mobile Post offices, home visits and the like but these will not assist the small retail businesses that are vital to local people and that have historically been founded upon and around post offices.

“I hope that communities up and down the County will write individually in response to the "consultation" so that we can save those community post offices that serve the most vulnerable in our towns and villages.”

Please send letters to me and to Garry Herbert, Network Development Manager, FREEPOST – Consultation – or sign my petition on line at http://www.telllaura.org.uk/ and go to petitions. I will forward your names and comments to the post office."


Anonymous said...

I know you don't like negative comments which identify a shop or restaurant but my small local business is near one of the sub-postoffices destined to close and all I can say is that they don't deserve to stay open.
Unhelpful rude and officious, most of us locals now go elsewhere, so of course their turnover is down and now they will close.
I am happy they will close but do feel sorry for the small number of pensioners who use them for various services who will have trouble travelling further afield.

Jeremy Jacobs said...

Anonymous, you certainly have a point. I find many PO's in London full of unhelpful staff. Not sure that you can make a generalization though. I would regret the passing of our rural PO's. All part of the destruction of traditional England by the NWO types in NuLabour

Anonymous said...

Maybe I can be a little more specific - the sub PO I refer to is not a rural one.
I would hope that rural ones would be friendlier.
In my case its actually the staff who have been the problem, not the owner of the business. But if he employs them then I have to hold him responsible, he is not unaware of what his staff are like as they have also given him a hard time.
Its a classic case of the monkeys running the zoo.
Sometimes you have to take a firm hand with staff if you want your business to prosper, or in this case merely to survive.
At the end of the day it probably would have made no difference as the PO hierarchy are dead set on closing as many small subPo's as possible.

Anonymous said...

When the PO franchise was 'sold' back to PO in the Lymington Road area, the effect on other local businesses was immediate and negative. Locals now go to Westgate or further afield in most cases and do not spend in their 'local' shops. The more isolated the PO,the more disastrous is the impact on the community it served when it closes.

Anonymous said...

I must say, staff attitude is a problem in many establishments. Many are very helpful, friendly and polite but I am so fed up with being served by someone who is on the phone, surly, grumpy, talking to someone else or generally unhelpful.

Mr Friday said...

So what is the alternative ? Does the taxpayer go on subsidising the network forever ?

Shame that the Post Office in Ramsgate High Street isn't on the list. I have never been in a more unwelcoming, smelly, dingy hole in all my life (and that includes public toilets in Africa)

Anonymous said...

Mr Fiday I know what you mean about smelly - I was on an infrequent visit to Netto in Ramsgate (or as I heard it called this week Pramsgate from the number of young girls with prams) and I thought that the shop smelled bad . I asked the cashier on the checkout about the bad smell and she told me it was the customers.
Maybe the same applies to the PO there?

Michael Child said...

I think some of may be missing the real issue here, which is about giant companies manipulating our lives for profit.

It could be argued that the job of government is to represent the electorate, not to cave to the big retail chain lobbyists who want us to travel to their supermarkets more often. We all know that this is both environmentally unsustainable and beyond the capabilities of the road infrastructure.

As it becomes more expensive and difficult to travel, as it without doubt must, the need to have our shopping schools and leisure facilities within walking distance or at least much shorter road journeys will increase.

However once our towns and villages have had the buildings used for shopping and leisure converted to residential, there doesn’t seem an easy way back.

It may well be that in order for us not to wind up with towns and villages that are nothing but housing and therefore are no longer communities, with all of the associated social problems, we need to look radically at preserving what we have got, in the way that we now preserve building of architectural merit.

Times have changed and post offices shops and leisure facilities that were once viable businesses are now essential to marinating the social fabric of our society.

Anonymous said...

Sorry we are about to go without any post AT ALL until next Wednesday. What use a post office when there is going to be no post??