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Kings Heath Post Office petition presented to Full Council

by Claire Spencer

At Full Council on April 9th, Councillor Martin Straker-Welds presented the 1500 signatures we collected over two weeks from local people concerned about the possible loss of Kings Heath Post Office from the High Street. The petition was addressed to Sharon Lea, Strategic Director for Environment & Culture:

Thank you to everyone who signed the petition in person and online – we will make sure that we convey any news on the progress of the petition as we hear it.

Save Kings Heath Post Office – join us on Saturday March 16th!

by Claire Spencer

Plans have been announced to close four Crown Post Offices in Birmingham by re-opening them as franchises in retail outlets – one of these is one of our own, Kings Heath. While it is always positive for services to monitor how well they are serving their community, and to adapt in order to serve them better, we fear that integrating Kings Heath Post Office with a retail outlet will lead to unacceptable consequences.

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The risk of losing elements of the service it provides to local people that are deemed unprofitable, or ‘surplus to requirements’ is a real concern. We do not want to face a situation where the purpose of the Post Office narrows gradually, to the detriment of local provision for local people.

We also fear that it will be difficult to fill the gap on the High Street once the Post Office is gone – there are already numerous charity shops, betting shops and payday lenders on the High Street, and the likelihood is, in a recessionary environment, that those sort of businesses will fill the gap, diminishing the diversity of Kings Heath.

As noted in the Birmingham Mail, the councillors, members of Moseley & Kings Heath Labour Party and other local people will be outside Kings Heath Post Office this Saturday, collecting signatures in support of keeping the Post Office where it is. We’ll be there from 9:30am-12:30pm, if you would like to join us!

If you can’t make it on Saturday, but would like to be added to the petition or to collect signatures in your own time, let us know by emailing mkhlabour@gmail.com – or sign it online here. Post Offices are for everyone, and we need to show that we value ours.

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