Tuesday 2 May 2017

New Action to Save Leigh Post Office

The pressure to save Leigh Post Office will be stepped up this week as part of the campaign to maintain a full post office service in the centre of Leigh-on-Sea. A protest rally has been organised outside the Rectory Grove office on Saturday 6th May between 10:00 am until 12 Noon. As on previous occasions leaflets will be handed out to customers and shoppers, who will be asked to sign the petition to keep this post office open.

The CWU, the Communication Workers Union, has also organised a public meeting to discuss the future of Leigh Post Office, to be held at Leigh Community Centre on Wednesday 10th May from 7:30 until 9:00 pm. Invited speakers include Labour Councillor Julian Ware-Lane, Southend Trades Council spokesperson Des Heemskerk and CWU National Officer Andy Furey. Sir David Amess MP has been invited to address the meeting, but he has not responded to the invitation.

It is worrying that, so far, there has been no announcement of a public consultation by the Post Office, nor any confirmation that a suitable franchise partner has been found. Rumours have been circulating that a convenience store chain is interested in taking over the present post office site, although this is likely to mean that post office activity would then be reduced to a small corner in a shop.

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