December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Time is running out for residents in Norwich to comment on the proposed transfer of a Post Office branch.
Norwich South MP Simon Wright is urging residents in the Vauxhall Street area to submit their views to the consultation on the proposal to move the Vauxhall Street Post Office to Unthank Road before the window for public responses ends this week.
Proposals to move the branch have been met with protests and a petition from local people.
Mr Wright said he had been conducting a survey in the area over recent weeks and 97pc of the people he spoke to were against the proposals. He said: “Many people have real concerns about the proposal. The area around Vauxhall Street includes many older people and others with mobility problems. For them, moving the branch nearly half a mile away is little better than closure.”
“It’s crucial that as many people as possible have their say. I would urge anyone who has a view to take part in the process before it closes on Friday.”
The existing sub-postmaster of the Vauxhall Street branch, off Chapel Field Road, does not want to continue running it, prompting Post Office Ltd to invite applications to run the post office. Two shops applied, the Vauxhall Street Pharmacy, which is next door to the existing premises and Hurn Chemist in Unthank Road.
Post Office bosses say the Unthank Road switch is their preferred choice, which has angered people who live in and around Vauxhall Street.
Mr Wright said 59pc of respondents to his survey felt that they would benefit from longer opening hours, which were proposed for the new-style branch.