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Angry customers in move to reopen their old post office

PUBLISHED: 19:23 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 05 October 2010

save our Post Offices campaign 21.2.08

save our Post Offices campaign 21.2.08

CUSTOMERS angry at the closure of their friendly neighbourhood post office in East London are waging a campaign to get it reopened. The sub-post office at Heylyn Square in Bow was one of the casualties of the nationwide programme of closures in the summer, along with four others in the East End. It operated at Sudershan Lall’s newsagent’s store—one member of his staff lost her job when it closed

Julia Gregory

CUSTOMERS angry at the closure of their friendly neighbourhood post office in East London are waging a campaign to get it reopened.

The sub-post office at Heylyn Square in Bow was one of the casualties of the nationwide programme of closures in the summer, along with four others in the East End.

It operated at Sudershan Lall’s newsagent’s store—one member of his staff lost her job when it closed.

The move was unpopular with customers, especially the elderly, who now have to travel some distance to pick up pensions and other benefits from remaining post offices elsewhere.

It led to a petition signed by 900 people in just two weeks.

One campaigner, Joyce Lavery, told the East London Advertiser this week: “We had petitions and some of us even went up to the regional postal headquarters at Mount Pleasant in Central London to protest.

“There are people in wheelchairs and mobility scooters who have to travel a long way to get their pensions.

“Mothers picking up their children from Malmesbury primary school used to pop in and pick up their family credit and bits and pieces—now they’ve lost all that.”

Former sub-post master Mr Lall had lost business since the sub-post office was closed in the cuts.

He would welcome a campaign by customers to get it reopened, he says.

But there were no plans to reopen any branches, the Post Office confirmed.

Other post office branches in the East End that vanished along with Heylyn Square were at 75 Whitechapel Road, Devons Road in Bromley-by-Bow, The Quarterdeck on Millwall’s Barkantine Estate and Shadwell’s Watney Street.

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