Use it or lose it!
PUBLISHED: 12:53 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:44 26 October 2009
WITH the guillotine hanging precariously over Times Territory s post offices, now is the time to act. Ahead of the cull of 2,500 post offices nationwide, the WHT is urging readers to save their local branch. Although a public consultation is set to roll
WITH the guillotine hanging precariously over Times Territory's post offices, now is the time to act.
Ahead of the cull of 2,500 post offices nationwide, the WHT is urging readers to save their local branch.
Although a public consultation is set to roll into the county in mid June, many post office owners believe they will be notified of their fate by as early as March.
With around 40 post offices in and around Times Territory, closures appear inevitable.
Post Office chiefs have outlined that closures will be dictated by finances and geography to help stem its reported £4m a week losses.
Therefore, the more profitable the branch the more likely it is to have a future.
Our message to readers is to "use it or lose it" as your nearest post office could be closed come the summer.
UNCERTAIN post office workers have welcomed the WHT campaign insisting they need to take as much money as possible to show they are a worthwhile service.
Richard Edlin, manager of the branch in Huttons newsagents on Marsden Road, WGC, was "concerned" that his branch could close.
He said: "We need people to know that if you do not use the post office then there may not be one by March.
"We have no idea what our future is going to be. I guess we have to be active and try to take as much money as we can.
"My message to people is that if they want their post office here this time next year then they need to 'use it or lose it'."
Mr Edlin claimed that there would be a lot of "unhappy people" if the Marsden Road branch shut.
He also claimed that the ominous closures will inadvertently cause competition with nearby post offices.
"There is no doubt there is competition but we do not want to compete against other offices because we are all in the same boat," he said.
"It is the customers who will be hit hardest."
Bob Vohra, who manages the Post Office in the High Street, Welwyn, said it would be the elderly who would be most affected by the closure of their nearest branch.
"It's going to upset people whoever goes, but for the elderly they do not want to be going miles and miles just to pick up their pensions," he said.
"I'm worried, but I'm really hoping that it will not be us."
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