Michael Fabricant has written formally to the Post Office Limited
objecting to the proposed closure of the St John Street Post Office in
Lichfield. An extract of his letter sent to the Network Development
Manager of The Post Office follows:-
‘I have received many letters from constituents who are opposed to this
closure. This is a very busy and well managed Post Office.
Constituents feel that access to the proposed alternative in Bakers Lane
would cause difficulties, particularly since there is a large pedestrian
area around Bakers Lane and a lack of car parking space around the city
centre. This would make it almost impossible for some to find a parking
space and then walk to the Bakers Lane Post Office. Many constituents
are elderly, disabled or parents with young children and this
alternative is wholly unacceptable for them.
‘Some constituents have also pointed out that there is usually a lengthy
wait at the Bakers Lane Post Office, sometimes up to 40 minutes, and
counter staff then promote Post Office services which increases the
waiting time for others. At the St John Street Post Office, needs are
dealt with quickly and efficiently.
‘I hope you will take my views into consideration and, of course, those
of my constituents who have already written to you. I am strongly
opposed to this closure and urge you to reconsider this proposal. ‘
Michael now says: "The Government owns 100% of The Post Office Limited
and it is they who have created this current crisis by discouraging
people from visiting their local post offices to collect pensions,
benefits and other services. Downing Street must now take
responsibility and ensure that post office closures do not occur where
it will create difficulties for the disabled and vulnerable. It is
quite clear that this will happen if the St John Street Post Office is
Michael Fabricant received no representations about the closure of the
Post Office at Whittington Barracks and will not, therefore, be
appealing against its closure. (It is now too late to write to Michael
Fabricant on proposed post office closures. The Post Office deadline
for submissions is 9th June 2008).