Information about my work as a Labour Councillor for East Finchley in the London Borough of Barnet

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

The future of East Finchley Post Office

We have launched a petition to stop the sale of the East Finchley Post office to a private franchise. You can read our press release here.

The Times have also picked up on the story.

I am concerned that moving the Post office and merging it with a private provider will be damaging to the local area. During our Saturday stalls, we see just how many people go intot he post office and then visit other local shops. I would be worried about moving away from the "town centre" near the junction. It is currently ideally located, prominent and attracts a large footfall. Given the economic state of the High Road is not good after the Council's disasterous parking policies, this could be a poorly timed blow, as people get used to a new system.

I am also worried about the quality of service. That post office is usually packed, and the existing staff are kept very busy. I'm not convinced yet that they can move, retain services and retain all staff, and this is why we want to listen to resident views. Also, if they move to a smaller premises (which is how I assume they will make savings, if there is no reduction in staff) They need to provide reassurance they can carry out all the same services, and not leave customers huddled together with undesired familiarity!