New Cross post office campaigners take fight to Downing Street

BY CALUM FRASER
calum@slpmedia.co.uk

The battle to save a South London post office has been taken to Downing Street.

Lewisham councillors Joe Dromey and Brenda Dacres marched to Downing Street with a petition, containing more than 1,000 signatures, to save the New Cross Gate Crown Post Office in New Cross Road.

The post office has been in the area for more than a century and it is due to close on February 14.

Councillor Dromey, councillor for New Cross ward, said: “We’ve been campaigning hard with our community and with the CWU to oppose this closure.

“It is deeply disappointing that despite massive opposition in New Cross, the Post Office are pressing on with this closure.

“The closure would be bad for Post Office staff, bad for local businesses and bad for our community.

“It means replacing good quality jobs on decent pay with insecure, low-paid work.”

A special “mourning” day will be held on Saturday, February 10 called “The Valentine’s Day Post Office Massacre”.

The public are invited to come down to New Cross Road between 11.30am and 1pm wearing black clothes to mourn the passing of the post office.

Vicky Foxcroft, MP for Lewisham Deptford, said: “The Post Office has forged ahead with its plans in the face of strong local opposition.

“I am concerned that future employees will not enjoy the same rights as Post Office employees.

“I am concerned about the lack of accountability. If customers wish to complain about services, they will need to contact the Post Office.

“This effectively means that local people will not be able to hold the franchisee directly to account.”

The services are due to be moved into a One Store 100m down the road.

A spokeswoman for the Post Office said: “In New Cross Gate the branch is moving a short distance, into refurbished premises, and will be offering the same services as now.

“Like other businesses, the Post Office operates in fiercely competitive markets and has to respond to fast-changing consumer and high street trends, such as customers’ needs for longer opening hours to fit with busy lives.”

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