Uncertain future for our post office

As someone who has campaigned vigorously against post office closures in my home town of Bootle, I am bitterly disappointed in the decision taken that will see the Crown Post Office in Hargreaves Street closed and relocated to the WHSmith in Burnley’s Charter Walk Centre in the spring.

Monday, 30th December 2013, 12:53 pm
Leader of Burnley Council Coun. Julie Cooper outside the Post office on Hargreaves Street which is due to close.

While I am glad a post office in some form will remain in the town I, like Coun. Julie Cooper, hold many reservations as to what it will mean to services, especially if customers will have to wait up to five times longer to be served than at the previous site.

I am also cautious as to how long WHSmith intends to keep the post office within their premises. What if, further down the line, the retailer decides to pull out of the deal, forcing the post office to look for a new property?

We could end up with no postal services in the town centre whatsoever and that will be bad for residents and businesses that rely on it.

Paul Nuttall

UKIP Burnley MEP