There are very few fully functioning Post Offices left in Brighton and Hove and so ward councillors have expressed dismay at plans to relocate the London Road Post Office. The new location will, councillors believe, cut off part of the city centre from vital Post Office services.
Councillor Pete West commented, “Brighton city centre residents were assured that a branch would remain in London Road. Now it’s being axed too in another attack on public services.
“Greens warned in 2007 that the Co-op building might not be available long term, but no action was taken. Rather than moving into any of the empty shops on London Road, they’ve picked somewhere much further away.”
Councillor West is writing to the Post Office in light of their Code of Conduct asking what alternatives were explored, why it didn’t contact the Council to discuss their plans earlier, and what local factors were taken into account.
“The new smaller location is far from the main shopping area and bus stops, which will particularly affect less mobile and elderly customers. The negative impact on local businesses in London Road also hasn’t been considered.
“A Post Office used to operate across the road from the new location, but was recently closed because it was too out of the way. Why will this time be any different? The new location isn’t accessible and may not even be viable.
Green ward councillors will shortly be launching a petition to oppose the relocation away from London Road, and urge residents and local traders to respond to the consultation by 16th February.
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