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Post office: Mayor making legal challenge on closures

PUBLISHED: 20:19 20 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:18 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, THE future of London’s post offices is a matter of great concern to the new Mayor Boris Johnson, who is continuing the judicial review challenge to the consultation on the closures. A preliminary decision on this challenge is expected from the High Court shortly

Dear Editor,

THE future of London's post offices is a matter of great concern to the new Mayor Boris Johnson, who is continuing with the judicial review challenge to the consultation on the closure programme. A preliminary decision on this challenge is expected from the High Court shortly.

London as we all know has already experienced disproportionately high levels of post office closures in recent years, compared with other areas of the country.

The Post Office has not provided convincing evidence that further closures in London are necessary on economic grounds.

Community-based enterprises like local post offices provide vital services for Londoners, especially older people and families. They should be protected.

Post offices are crucial in supporting local retail. Where one closes, small businesses and the community suffer.

The Mayor will also continue to welcome and support initiatives by local councils and others to help keep post offices running.

I have written to the managing director of the Post Office to assure him the GLA will be pleased to discuss further how we can have an effective input into developing new Post Office services, while not ignoring that the consultation process on closures was too short and that the Mayor is making a legal challenge on this.

Ian Clement

Deputy Mayor

Mayor's Office

Greater London Authority

City Hall


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