Not sure exactly when it happened, but the small sub Post Office on New Kent Rd has closed down. The shop itself is still open and sells stamps, but the space is about to be converted into a Costcutter. It was a very grotty shop and Post Office, but handy for me.
I am disappointed to hear that, it was handy for me also and it is hardly as though we need another small supermarket along that stretch of road. Thank you for saving me what would have been a wasted trip down to it.
I wont miss that "post office" to be honest. Their hours were poor (postal services seem to close at 1pm on many times I tried to use it). Worse still the service was really poor IMO - several times I waited for 5+ minutes while the person behind the counter chatted with a friend about nothing.
If it is a CostCutter, there is a decent likelihood that it will contain a post office - Costcutter's strategy seems to inlcude having post office counters in some location to drive traffic. When I lived in Hammersmith the Costcutter on North End Road for example had a post office counter.
To be honest, I'd much rather that govt cut out this face of "privatizing" postal services. They need to face up to their responsibility and provide an adequate network of porperly staffed and serviced post offices. This idea that a dingy countes in delis can replace a proper post office network is simply laughable.