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MP urges public: “Make your views known on risky Post Office move”

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has voiced ‘serious concerns’ about plans to relocate the town’s central Post Office into WH Smith’s Pavements Centre premises, and is calling on the public to speak up on the move.

Toby Perkins MP, here pictured addressing a public meeting on the future of the Post Office earlier this year

Toby Perkins MP, here pictured addressing a public meeting on the future of the Post Office earlier this year

A Post Office spokesman claimed the move is needed to save costs and is being carried out at 70 of their 373 ‘Crown Branches’ – larger stand-alone outlets, such as the branch in Chesterfield market place. However, Mr Perkins has blasted the plans, saying they could “jeopardise the accessibility of the service”. He continued: “The Crown Post Office in New Square is a vital service and iconic local landmark – I’d hate to see it disappear. I’m very concerned that this proposal would lead to a reduced level of expertise and a lower profile for important Post Office services. It’s hard to see how this service, which is often extremely busy, would function in the smaller space there is at WH Smith so I will be speaking to both organisations to ask how they envisage this set-up working.

“Whilst the Post Office is a commercial operation and needs to balance its books in order to maintain the service it offers, the firm does have a vital social role, working with a number of vulnerable client groups such as older people or those without recourse to accessing services online. That’s why I’ll be fighting to ensure my constituents don’t lose out.”

An open public meeting, which Mr Perkins is intending to attend, will be scheduled and advertised shortly.

The Post Office is now consulting with the public on these proposals until the 13th January. Should you wish to voice your concerns about these plans, you can write to Mr Perkins at 113 Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1NF or email him on toby.perkins.mp@parliament.uk and he will take up issues with Post Office management.

 

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