Post Office urged to re-open consultation into Church Road relocation
PUBLISHED: 14:29 28 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:10 28 July 2017
Consultation over plans to close a flagship Post Office branch in Harlesden must be extended, says local MP Dawn Butler.
The Brent Central MP believes residents need more time to express their opinions on the closure of the Church Road branch.
The Post Office has proposed that the current branch is closed and merged with nearby business Morgan News which will then move to a bigger premises at 124 Church Road.
In January of this year, the Post Office announced that both Church Road and a branch in Wendover Road were in danger of closing altogether, but it appears that a relocation is much more likely.
The Post Office ran a six week consultation which ended on July 19.
Ms Butler met with Post Office public affairs manager Stuart Taylor outside its current site to discuss the proposals and also met with a number of local residents.
Ms Butler says she has found no support for the Post Office’s plans.
In a statement, Ms Butler said: “The potential loss of this Post Office will have a profound effect on our local community. The Church Road Post Office is well loved, as was clear by speaking to any local resident, and is running an exemplary service. So why should they need to change things now, the Post Office is being penny wise pound foolish.
“We must keep our Post Office open. The new location won’t be as accessible, secure or provide the same level of quality service we have come to expect from our local Post Office.”
Ms Butler has written to the chief executive of the Post Office Ltd, Paula Vennels, to raise her and customers’ concerns.
The Post Office says that relocating the shop, which serves 1,700 customers a week, into Morgan News will mean extended opening hours on a Saturday.
A spokesperson for the Post Office said: “The proposal for the Church Road Post Office branch is important to secure long-term viability of services for local customers.
“The same services as currently will be available from the new branch”
It is not yet known at this time whether the Post Office is willing to reopen their consultation.