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Shutters pulled down on post office branches

PUBLISHED: 14:03 19 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:10 07 September 2010

CAMDEN S doomed post offices started closing their doors this week – with the Ham&High posting one of the last letters at the Hampstead Heath branch. The South End Green sub-post office closed on Wednesday with the England s Lane branch shutting the day b

CAMDEN'S doomed post offices started closing their doors this week - with the Ham&High posting one of the last letters at the Hampstead Heath branch.

The South End Green sub-post office closed on Wednesday with the England's Lane branch shutting the day before.

Highgate High Street's office will close on Monday and Crowndale Road, Camden Town, on Tuesday.

Ham&High editor Geoff Martin posted the letter to Mayor Boris Johnson as the Hampstead Heath branch closed, urging the mayor to intervene.

Postmaster Daksha Kukadia said: "We will miss everyone, particularly the regular customers. This isn't just about selling things - you make friends."

The newsagent, which houses the post office, has also been forced to close due to the decision. Confirmation also came this week that Post Office Ltd would not be reopening the Haverstock Hill branch as it had promised.

Golders Green, Childs Hill and Haringey offices will also be closing over the next two weeks.

Jonathan Cohen, owner of Allchin & Co in England's Lane, said: "This was a compulsory closure by the Post Office which we were unable to stop.

"It is upsetting but the local community has been fantastic coming in and saying goodbye."

The final farewells came as Camden Council announced plans to try to support what is left of the service.

Remaining branches will be paid to help residents fill out council forms to help them keep afloat.

The borough is also hoping to be a pilot area for a new proposal where public buildings such as libraries will host postal services on a weekly rota.


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