Royal Mail has made the unpopular decision to forge ahead with the closure of a further 49 post offices across Sussex. Another 10 in Bognor, Littlehampton and Chichester are also in the firing line.
Brighton MP David Lepper has led a campaign to try and save some of the local branches. Letters have been written and petitions have been signed up and down the county but to no avail.
Businesses in Brighton’s Lanes are not happy about the loss of the city centre Ship Street branch, as they now have to go to Churchill Square for Post Office services. Stuart Wilkie, Chair of the Lanes Business Network, campaigned to save Ship Street post office as he felt sure it must have been a viable business.
He has condemned the consultation as a farce. “I think to say I am disgusted would not be putting it too strongly. What was the point in consulting with us? I responded by expressing grave concerns and I know for a fact that I was sent the same standard response that was sent to David Lepper and each of the other businesses who wrote to the Post Office about their concerns.
“We now have a situation where we have to make a 15 minute trip to Churchill Square with our post (and for some this can include tens of thousands of pounds worth of jewellery) wait three quarters of an hour in a queue and then spend another 15 minutes coming back. If you then add the time of your own transaction that’s nearly an hour and half out of your working day"
“We all feel very let down and we wonder why we wasted our time responding to the consultation when the decision had clearly been made between WH Smiths and the Post Office and the consultation was only ever about ticking that box.”
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