Merton post office saved from closure

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

London Borough of Merton
12 May 2008

Merton post office saved from closure

Merton Council welcomes the decision by Post Office Ltd to retain its Kingston Road branch. This follows the meetings organised by the council to which members of the public were invited to put forward their views about the proposed closures.

In its response to the public consultation the Post Office recognised that there is no direct bus route from Kingston Road to the nearest alternative branch in The Broadway, Wimbledon and that the closure may cause difficulties for anyone with limited mobility. Additionally, the Post Office recognised the difficulties that would be created for sheltered housing residents in the area.

The council remains particularly disappointed at the Post Office’s decision to close the Coombe Lane branch within three months despite consumer watchdog, PostWatch, supporting its retention.

Leader of Merton Council, Councillor David Williams said: ‘Clearly the views of local people along with the council had some impact on the Post Office’s decision to save the Kingston Road branch. However, we are concerned that further proposed closures in Sherwood Park Road, Green Lane, Coombe Lane, Wimbledon High Street and Woodside Parade (Leopold Road) will go ahead over the next three months. We have already met with the Post Office to look at alternative options for retaining post office services in the borough and will continue to explore all possibilities to retain the provision of postal services in the affected areas.’

-ENDS-

Notes to editors
1. PostWatch is the Independent watchdog for postal services in the United Kingdom, providing advice to Government and working with customers to promote a better postal service.
2. The meetings on the 25 and 27 March were chaired by Councillor Peter Southgate of Merton Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Commission