Late calls for post offices to be saved

PUBLISHED: 13:51 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:36 25 August 2010

COUNCILS have urged the Post Office to abandon their plans to close branches. Bexley, Greenwich and Bromley council

COUNCILS have urged the Post Office to abandon their plans to close branches.

Bexley, Greenwich and Bromley council have responded to the six-week consultation by the firm to close 169 post offices in London by next year.

The final closure decision will be announced in early May, with closures due to begin in June this year.

Last Thursday, the Greater London Authority (GLA) sought a judicial review against the Post Office's 'failure to allow adequate time for a full consultation on the closures'.

If the review is successful, it will force Post Office to extend the consultation period.

A spokesperson for the GLA said: "We are committed to using all the legal and statutory powers we have available to us to fight this programme of post office closures in London."

Bexley has two post offices earmarked for closure. These are 301-303 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, and 3 Hollytree Parade, Foots Cray.

The five branches proposed for closure in Greenwich are 11 Blackheath Hill, Greenwich, 43 Bostall Hill, Abbey Wood, 263 Eltham High Street, Eltham, 119 Plumstead Common Road, Woolwich and 9 Woolwich Road, Greenwich.

Bexley council stated that 17 post offices have already been closed in the borough.

They response reads: "The removal of these services will have a serious effect on the elderly residents' independence and ability to easily access the services they need.

"These closures show a disregard for residents and we would urge you to reconsider the closures on a case by case basis."

A spokesperson for Post Office Ltd said: "The consultation period was set by the government when they announced the programme.

"We are implementing government policy as sensitively as possible.

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