Potters Bar sorting office to move but Post Office to stay

PUBLISHED: 17:22 19 October 2011

The Potters Bar Post Office, which is adjoined to the sorting office

The Potters Bar Post Office, which is adjoined to the sorting office


THE sorting office in Potters Bar is set to be relocated – although Royal Mail has once again categorically denied the adjoining Post Office is set to close.

Fears have been mounting in the town over recent weeks that the branch in Darkes Lane would shut.

The rumours continued to grow, despite Royal Mail dismissing the claims in a story in the Potters Bar Edition last month.

But this week branch manager Ann Betts has once-and-for-all quashed the rumours, telling locals the Post Office is here to stay.

But it has been revealed the sorting office next door is to be moved, possibly to Barnet or Watford, although jobs are not under threat.

Mrs Betts told the Potters Bar Edition: “My bosses have spoken to the people in the know 
and we have been reassured the Post Office here will not be closing.

“Royal Mail has already said that no Post Offices anywhere will close before April 2012 but then even after that we have been reassured that we are staying.

“It is just a rumour that has been blown out of all proportion.”

Mrs Betts added: “The sorting office is being relocated but nothing is going to change with the Post Office.

“No services will change, it just means people’s post won’t 
be sorted here, it will go elsewhere.

“People can still post things here.

“It just means a van will come and collect it and take it to another sorting office.”

A spokesman for Royal Mail said: “The sorting office at Potters Bar will be moved to another location but at the moment the process is in its very early stages and there is much consultation to be done.

“Wherever the relocation may be there will be no job losses and everyone working at the Potters Bar site will be offered the chance to stay in their job.

“Consultation will take some time and we don’t see anything happening in the next six months.”

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