Today we finally presented the 3,965-signature PO petition to Richard Hall, Public Affairs Manager at the Post Office (right). I was accompanied by Anna Soubry, MP for Broxtowe, and Richard Jackson, Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council. The petition, signed after the surprise announcement that they were franchising it to a retail outlet, asked the Post Office to remain as it is.
No other issue has raised so much concern locally for many years. The Post Office is regarded as part of Beeson’s heritage: it is always busy and has recently been refurbished. It is not making a loss. The issue was debated at Broxtowe Borough Council and members of all political parties agreed to ask the Post Office to pause and reconsider the issue. Beeston itself, with the town developments and the tram, is an exciting place to live.
On 20 April the Post Office opened a consultation on the proposal to move it to WH Smith’s shop on the High Road. When I talked to Richard Hill today he agreed that it was ‘not a done deal’.
This move is still only a proposal and we can stop it. I would urge you all to register your protest by emailing the Post Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. The consultation will close on 1 June.