Post office consultation 'not long enough'

PUBLISHED: 19:04 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 22:27 26 October 2009

Cllr Richard Roberts

Cllr Richard Roberts

THERE is not enough time for the public to have their say in the bid to save doomed post offices. That's the viewpoint of county councillors who have expressed concern at the scale of the proposed closure programme in this area, announced yesterday. Facin

THERE is not enough time for the public to have their say in the bid to save doomed post offices.

That's the viewpoint of county councillors who have expressed concern at the scale of the proposed closure programme in this area, announced yesterday.

Facing the axe in Times Territory are branches in Marsden Road, WGC, Salisbury Square and Roe Green, Bishops Rise in Hatfield, and Little Heath in Potters Bar.

Herts County Council leader Robert Gordon has called for an early meeting with Post Office chiefs to discuss the business case for the individual closures.

He is also pressing for the period of consultation to be extended from the current six weeks.

The full list for this area earmarked 22 out of 113 post offices for the chop.

Councillor Richard Roberts, the executive member who will be leading on this issue, said: "The plan to close 22 post offices represents a cut of one fifth of the branches in the south of Hertfordshire and that is only for one area of the county.

"We want to talk to the management of the network change programme at the earliest opportunity, particularly to review the rural post offices affected.

"The local public consultation period of six weeks started yesterday and that really does not give local communities enough time to decide how closure will affect them.

Cllr Roberts added: "We have kept closely in touch with our colleagues in Essex in their efforts to save some of their post offices threatened with closure and will want to learn from their experience.

"It is, of course, too early to predict the final outcome in Hertfordshire."

The consultation period is due to run until Tuesday, July 29.

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