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posted 23 Jul 2012, 03:14 by Westover Labour   [ updated 23 Jul 2012, 03:43 ]
Post Office limited will be spending the next month asking the people of Bridgwater what they think about their decision to deprive them of a town centre post office and have a service run from a desk in Sainsbury's. After the consultation period one man - Regional Network manager Tony Jones will review the consultation and make a final decision.

Today - Monday 23rd July, Labours chair of Community Scrutiny on Sedgemoor District Council Cllr Julian Taylor (Eastover) will be holding a special Scrutiny meeting with representatives of the Post Office present to answer these questions.  The meeting will be held at 3pm Bridgwater House King Square and members of the Public are invited to come and give their views.

Cllr Taylor says "This is your opportunity to come to Community Scrutiny and make your feelings know about the Royal Mail proposal to move the Post office to an out of town centre location. The District Council has to comment on this proposal. Make sure that your views are heard."

The Consultation was  announced on 18 July and will close on 5 September. The proposed month of change is October (or november). Tony Jones says "Our proposal will mean a modern open plan branch, longer opening hours and improved accessibility"

Cllr Brian Smedley (Westover) has asked the Town Council to hold an open meeting towards the end of the consultation where mr Jones (who won't be at the scrutiny meeting) will be present to discuss people's concerns. Cllr Smedley says "Supermarkets are not the answer to everything even though you'd think so . They're an easy and a cheap solution based on commercial grounds above community needs . we need a Town Centre location - and one was offered in Eastover! We need town centre regeneration, we don't need extra reasons for people to visit the already booming supermarket empires."

The focus of the consultation will be;-
1. How suitable you think the new location and premises are
2. How easy it is to get there
3. Are the new premises easy for you to get into and is the inside easily accessible
4. Do you have any concerns about the new location
5. If so, do you have any suggestions that could help us make it better for you
6. Any local community issues which you think could be affected by the proposed move
7. Anything you particularly like about the proposed change

You can engage in the consultation in the following ways

write. National Consultation Team Post office ltd PO Box 1138 St.Albans AL19UN
phone Customer helpline 08457223344 or textphone 08457 223355