Mark Reckless MP is urging residents who may be affected by the proposed move of the Delce Post Office branch from 181 Rochester Avenue to 128-130 Maidstone Road (view map) to take part in the public consultation.
The proposed closure of the Delce branch is part of a three-year investment and support programme, the largest in the history of Post Office Ltd, which will see around 6,000 branches (about half the Post Office network) converting to new style branches.
The consultation, which began on 13th November, will run until 4th January 2013, and residents now have their opportunity to comment on the the suitability of the proposed new location. The public consultation has, in this instance, been extended by 10 working days to allow for the holiday period over Christmas. Residents may wish to respond on a number of issues:
- How suitable you think the new location and premises are and how easy is it to get there?
- Are the new premises easy for you to get into and is the inside easily accessible?
- Do you have any concerns about the new location?
- If so, do you have any suggestions which could make it better for you?
- Any community issues which you think could be affected by the proposed move
- Anything you particularly like about the proposed change
The proposal will see the current Post Office branch in the Delce relocated to a new local style branch which will also offer convenience store services. The Post Office is also proposing to extend the opening hours to 06:00-22:00 during the week and 08:00-22:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.
“While I generally welcome the proposed improvement in services locally, including extended opening hours which will be more convenient for many of my constituents, particularly following the Post Office’s recent success in securing the government contract to provide DVLA services, I do share residents’ concerns with regards to the closure of the existing branch in Rochester Avenue.
Elderly and less able residents currently reliant on the existing Post Office service may find that the new location is not nearly as convenient or accessible as the current branch. Many residents may find that they will have a substantially greater journey to their nearest local Post Office counter than at present.
I would strongly urge all residents who may be affected by the proposed move to make sure that their voices are heard by taking part in the public consultation. They can either contact the Post Office directly or use the online form below in order that I may ensure their concerns are brought to the Post Office’s attention as part of the consultation.”
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