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Post office consultations waste of time if they don't listen

PUBLISHED: 20:34 20 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:18 05 October 2010

save our Post Offices campaign 21.2.08

save our Post Offices campaign 21.2.08

Dear Editor, SO, AFTER the Government’s public consultation’ about our five post offices earmarked for closure in the East End (among 155 across London facing the axe), they have decided to (you’ve guess it) close them anyway. I am not sure what is worst... not listening, or listening and ignoring!

Dear Editor,

SO, AFTER the Government's 'public consultation' about our five post offices earmarked for closure in the East End (among 155 across London facing the axe), they have decided to (you've guess it) close them anyway.

To be fair to the Government, having read the consultation results, they have at least listened and recorded the concerns of residents, that elderly residents in particular will be worst hit, and that in Millwall here on the Isle of Dogs, for example, the next nearest post office is very small.

It is just that they have then completely ignored the consultations.

I am not sure what is worst... not listening, or listening and ignoring!

It is clear the Labour Government is not going to keep our local post offices open. So we now have to rely on the local authority.

At the last Tower Hamlets council meeting, I asked the-then leader whether the authority would follow Essex County council's lead and step-in and keep our post offices open.

They would look into it, I was told.

I would urge them to look into it rather quickly before time runs out.

If Essex can save their post offices, why can't we save ours?

Cllr Tim Archer

Plymouth Wharf, Millwall, Isle of Dogs

Conservative Councillor for Blackwall & Cubitt Town

Tower Hamlets Council

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Poplar & Limehouse


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