'Skoops' ice cream parlour application REJECTED from former Crayford post office site
PUBLISHED: 09:54 27 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:54 27 January 2017
The newsagent which housed the post office closed last summer
Plans to turn a former post office in to an ice cream shop have been refused by the council.
Crayford residents together with their local MP David Evennett have been campaigning for a new post office ever since their local one closed down last year.
The store formerly ran as Londis and Mace newsagents, and had put an application to turn the building from a retail property class into a Skoops ice cream.
But a meeting of Bexley council’s planning committee rejected the application, following concerns over parking, noise and policy.
Neighbours who live in flats upstairs had voiced concerns over the noise of works which began quickly after the shop’s closure.
A nearby coffee shop owner also warned that their own business could be damaged by the competition.
Since its closure in the summer, residents have been forced to travel to either Bexleyheath or Dartford in order to access post office services.
A Post Office Spokesperson said: “The vacancy for Crayford Post Office has been advertised. There are several interested applicants who are currently preparing their applications and business plans.
“The applications will then be considered before we announce a proposal for re-opening Crayford Post Office. We are working hard to restore Post Office services to Crayford as quickly as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of the branch.”