ADVERTISER CAMPAIGN TO SAVE YOUR POST OFFICE
PUBLISHED: 18:35 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:04 05 October 2010
THE East London Advertiser is running a campaign to save the sub post offices in the East End that are threatened with closure following cuts proposed by the Post Office, along with other post offices across London and the rest of the country. A fifth of the PO outlets in Tower Hamlets alone are facing the axe.
By Michael Parker
THE East London Advertiser is running a campaign to save the sub post offices in the East End that are threatened with closure following cuts proposed by the Post Office.
A fifth of the 25 outlets across Tower Hamlets are under threat.
They are at:
75, Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel, E1
Watney Street, Shadwell, E1
Devons Road, Bromley-by-Bow, E3
Heylyn Square, Bow, E3; and
The Quarterdeck, Millwall, E14.
The proposal is part of a cull of 2,500 branches nationwide, which the Post Office hopes will stem its £4 million losses a week.
London would be hardest hit, losing 169 branches and 11 larger Crown post offices.
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PENSIONERS face 'running the gauntlet' every week if they are forced to walk further to post offices carrying their pension and benefits cash through crime-infested housing estates.
For many using the threatened sub post offices, keeping their local outlet open is about safety, not just convenience.
Disabled Peter Harrison, 59, lives near the Heylyn Square sub post office in Bow and has trouble walking.
"One of the reasons I moved here is that the post office is nearby," he tells the Advertiser.
"Anyone having to walk to Roman Road main post office from here has to go through Tom Thumb's Arch (under the Liverpool St main line railway).
"It will be a muggers' paradise once the 'herberts' realise people are walking through with their pensions."
At Millwall's Quarterdeck sub post office, Barkantine Estate residents' board chairman Fred Quatromini is in defiant mood.
"Last time the post office was threatened we got up a campaign, collected 2,000 signatures and brought in our MP Jim Fitzpatrick," he says.
"Jim's already started his campaign, apparently, but seeing as he was Post Office Minster and is partly behind the closures, that seems a bit hypocritical to me."
Tower Hamlets Tory Opposition councillor Shirley Houghton, whose ward includes Millwall, put 3,000 leaflets out last weekend and plans to doorstep the neighbourhood this coming weekend.
At Devons Road sub post office in Bow Common, where the nearest alternative would be Bromley-by-Bow or Poplar, the Lincoln Estate residents' association chairman Graham Mantle is busy whipping up support.
"A lot of people round here don't have bank accounts," he tells you.
"So the post office is how they sort their money. It has a cash machine too, the only one around here."
The catchment area is huge, he points out, stretching east to the A12 Blackwall Tunnel Approach and west right along St Paul's Way, with an estimated 2,000 households.
The manager of the Fern Street Settlement pensioners' club, Pat Burton, collects pensions for four old folk who can't make it themselves, including Maud who's 92.
"They're angry and upset about the closures," says Pat. "MP Jim is getting a strongly-worded letter from me."
You can also join the Advertiser's online campaign to help save your post office by clicking here: