Friday, 30 August 2013

Public meeting to discuss the future of Redcar post office

SIXTEEN jobs are at risk as plans to potentially close post office cause outcry in local community.

Post Office Ltd have been invited to attend a public meeting, to be held at Coatham Memorial Hall, Redcar at 2pm, September 6, where it is hoped residents will be able to voice their concerns.

David Bowmaker, who represents the Communication Workers Union, said: “Redcar Crown Post Office is an essential part of the local economy. It’s a valuable asset to the town and is relied upon by local residents and businesses as well as people who collect their pensions and benefits here.

“The staff in Redcar Crown Office are well-trained and have over 100 years of experience between them which could be lost under the company’s plans to close this office and find what it calls a ‘retail partner’.”

“Redcar, like so many towns, is struggling in the current climate and if this Post Office was to close it would be a major blow to the local economy and to the services which many people rely on.

“There are hundreds of people who come to this office every day and we just don’t think the same service could be matched by a few windows in the back of another shop. This is a dedicated office with good access arrangements in a prominent town centre position.”

The Redcar branch is one of 76 Crown Post Offices facing closure or franchise nationwide.

Article from the Northern Echo

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