Alternative location proposed for Wisbech Post Office

Wisbech Post office closure petition.

Wisbech Post office closure petition. - Credit: Archant

An alternative location has been proposed for Wisbech Post Office.

Wisbech Post office closure petition. Cllr Paul Clapp.

Wisbech Post office closure petition. Cllr Paul Clapp. - Credit: Archant

The Post Office intends to move the branch from 1-3 Bridge Street to Etcetera, 7 York Row, Wisbech, which is 20 metres down the road.

Etcetera

Etcetera - Credit: Archant

Etcetera is a family-run kitchenware and homeware store and cafe which has been open since 1981.

A six-week public consultation starts tomorrow and a customer forum is planned for the Rose and Crown Hotel, Wisbech, on December 5, where the proposals will be discussed.

There will be no compulsory redundancies as a result of the proposed move of Wisbech Post Office, Roger Gale, Crown Network general manager, said.


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He said: 'We are committed to keeping a post office branch in Wisbech and to maintaining the same levels of service for our customers.

'We believe the best way for us to do this is to change the way we operate it, so if the move goes ahead it will be run by Etcetera rather than by us directly.

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'They have demonstrated that they will be able to successfully run the branch in Wisbech, delivering excellent standards of customer service, with trained staff promoting products and services in a modern environment, over extended opening hours.'

Opening hours at the proposed location would be 9-5.30pm from Monday to Saturday, which means it would be open for five hours longer on Saturday.

Improved accessibility and a wider range of products and services are also promised.

Wisbech's UKIP councillors launched a campaign last month against the proposals, with a petition getting more than 3,000 signatures.

UKIP Councillor Paul Clapp, who represents Wisbech North on Cambridgeshire County Council, said: 'We want the post office to stay where it is and continue to provide a good service for the people of Wisbech.

'When a franchisee takes over the Post Office, they can take the staff with them, and the post office will pay salaries for three months.

'But after that a franchisee can renegotiate contracts. The staff at Wisbech Post Office are really helpful, and they don't want their building, their jobs or their contracts messed about with.'

Submissions can be made during the consultation through an online questionnaire at postofficeviews.co.uk, by free post to Your Comments to Post Office Ltd, via e-mail to comments@postoffice.co.uk, via the Customer Helpline on 08457 22 33 44 or Textphone 08457 22 33 55.

Customers are asked to quote branch code 012230 in all communication.

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