Monday 2 August 2004 11.56am
Story from the South London Press - July 23 2004
SOS to stop post offices closing
"Post office users at 12 branches across South London have less than eight weeks to save their services. This follows yesterday's announcement by Post Office Ltd that its swingeing "network reinvention" programme will leave the axe hanging over branches in Southwark and Lambeth."
There is a consultation period for the potential closures, which runs out on September 15. If you wish to oppose the proposals, write to: National Consultation Team, PO Box 2060, Watford, WD18 8ZW.
The branches targeted are:
NORTH SOUTHWARK & BERMONDSEY: 105 Abbey Street, 94 Bermondsey Street
; DULWICH & WEST NORWOOD: 228 Crystal Palace Road, 270 Rosendale Road, relocation of Herne Hill branch from 134 Herne Hill to 31 Norwood Road; STREATHAM: 214 Brixton Hill, 330 Streatham High Road, 129 Streatham Vale, 37 Tulse Hill; VAUXHALL: 10 Clapham Road, 182 Coldharbour Lane, 150 Loughborough Road, 43 South Lambeth Road
Dr Alan Burnett, from Help The Aged, said: "There is a lot of resentment and dismay about these closures. Familiarity is very important for pensioners when they go to their local post office. They are an important social centre, too. It may be all right for the Post Office to plot their revised network on a map, but it's equally important that they realise the new journeys people will have to make."
Maybe if you had a greater ability to empathise with your neighbours who are older and less mobile than yourself, fewer people would make assumptions that you believe "there is no such thing as society"?
Edited 3 times. Last edit at 2 August 2004 3.17pm by Lang