Queues are getting longer after closure of sub post offices
ONE of the lead stories on the front page of the April 3 edition of the Ham&High carried the declaration that the then Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, would save the 171 post offices under threat of closure in the capital if re-elected to the job of Lon
ONE of the lead stories on the front page of the April 3 edition of the Ham&High carried the declaration that the then Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, would save the 171 post offices under threat of closure in the capital if re-elected to the job of London leader.
Sadly this promise cannot be carried out, with the loss of well used sub-post offices in Weston Park and Ferme Park Road as a result of the Labour Government's cutbacks and reorganisation.
A closer examination of the sub post offices would have revealed that older people who collected their pensions also bought goods from the shop - sweets, tobacco and newspapers, for instance.
There are many other things of course that customers purchase in a sub-post office. With the loss of the postal counter, Weston Park (now ex-post office) lost one in four customers.
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This is a tremendous loss to small family shops which are already reeling under the beginning of a wholesale recession. What are the odds on the council putting up the business rates to a desperate level?
The effect of the two closed branches on the post office in Crouch End Broadway is chilling. I spent 25 minutes in a line of customers that reached out into the street. Only three or four serving positions were open, out of seven. Currency changing occupied two of these counter assistant interminably.
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I do not look forward to the bleak winter and standing in line in the wind and rain.
Ferme Park Road, N8
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