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We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to lobby the Post Office to keep open the Crown Post Office on Circus Road, St John's Wood. More details
Petition update from the council, 30 January 2017Letter from Ed Watson, Executive Director, Growth, Planning and Housing for City of Westminster Council to -
Paula Vennells, Chief Executive, Post Office Ltd. Network Services and Transformation
Dear Ms. Vennells,
The Crown Post Office on Circus Road, St John's Wood - and postal services at Edgware Road
I am given to understand that the Post Office on Circus Road, serving St John’s Wood, is set to be either shut down or be taken over by a franchisee. It has apparently been identified by your organisation as one of forty two loss-making main Crown branches in the UK.
I am writing to you on behalf of Westminster City Council to ask you to consider carefully the potential consequences to local residents of any diminishment of the branch’s services. Such a reduction of services, or the shutting of this branch, would have serious knock-on effects on our residents, particularly elderly and vulnerable people. This is particularly true as the next nearest branch is at Coventry Close which is nearly one and a half miles away. The current decision on the future of the Circus Road Brand has been subject to a petition to the council which includes 148 signatures.
We do however welcome the refurbishment of the Edgware Rd Post Office and hope this newly developed branch of the Post Office will be able to offer the same service levels residents currently enjoy in Baker Street & Paddington Quay. This again has been subject to a petition urging a high level of service to local residents and includes 25 signatures.
The Council places tremendous value on local high streets and has upgraded the environment at many of its shopping parades in Westminster to help support local shops and services, including Post Offices. I very much hope therefore that you will take Westminster City Council’s views into account in any future decisions made on the future these two branches. Would it also be possible to provide me with a timetable of any changes to the status of these two branches so that I can keep local ward councillors informed of any further developments.
Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing
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The government owned Post Office on Circus Road serving St John’s Wood is set to shut down or be taken over by a private company.
It has been identified as 1 of 42 loss-making main Crown branches in the UK. It is currently on the market as a franchise meaning a private company could take it over and run it.
The Communication Workers Union (CWU) said the changes are not necessary as the Post Office is due to break even this year. It added that the move is being forced through in a bid to make a £10million turnover by the end of 2018.
CWU rep Huw Davis said: “It’s early days but it’s an outrage where we’ll see many job losses. They want to make £10m by ridding those they say are losing profits, looking at staffing costs and buildings. Somehow the St John Wood’s Post Office has become part of that. The services, whether you get them in WH Smith or in a shop is not as good as what you get from dedicated staff who have worked there for many years. I hope the public will fight against this privatisation.”