Potters Bar Post Office closure fears dismissed

PUBLISHED: 16:49 22 September 2011 | UPDATED: 16:49 22 September 2011

The Post Office in Darkes Lane, Potters Bar

The Post Office in Darkes Lane, Potters Bar

FEARS that the Post Office in Potters Bar’s main shopping street was due to close have this week been dismissed by Royal Mail.

Rumours have been flying around town that the branch in Darkes Lane would close and “completely kill off” what remains of businesses in Potters Bar

The Potters Bar Edition received several calls from concerned residents and businesses, one of whom was town stalwart John Godfrey, who said he had it on good authority from top sources.

Mr Godfrey, the owner of Accident Repair Centre in High Street, said: “It would be the complete death of Darkes Lane for a start.

“It’s going to be a major, major issue for all businesses in the town though.

“We have been here 35 years this week and the postal service in Potters Bar is extremely good and a lot of people and firms use the service.

“It would be a major blow. This town cannot be without a post office.”

Another businessowner in Darkes Lane, who did not wish to be named, said she was told by a postal worker that the shop was to go.

She said: “It’s terrible news for the town. We heavily rely on the Post Office and it’s yet another business that is to close.

“It’s a big store and will mean yet another empty shop in the road, which is not good at all for the area.”

However, a Royal Mail spokesman denied the claims and said there were no current plans to close or move the Post Office from its location.

On hearing the news, Mr Godfrey told the Potters Bar Edition: “I think they’re saying they’re not closing just so they can bide their time and not cause an immediate outcry.”

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