I attended the meeting on Wednesday, June 5, in the Civic Centre regarding the closure of the Crown Post Office in Uckfield, to be replaced by a franchise in a retail outlet or similar. There were two representatives from Post Office Counters and two representatives from the Post Office Union.
Some 70 Crown Post Offices are to close because they are uneconomic including Uckfield.
There was a lot of talk about ‘consultation’ but it turned out, on being questioned, that the ‘consultation’ only applied to where the new Post Office Counter would be sited, and whether the public and local business thought it a suitable place – no consultation about the Crown Office being closed. That appears to be a ‘done deal’.
Regarding the profitability of Uckfield, the Post Office Counters spokesman stated that for every £1 spent it cost £1.62 to service. The Union representative came back to say that the £1.62 was the average figure of the 70 Crown Offices to be closed.
The figures for Uckfield he had been given stated that for every £1 spent the cost was £1.01 – quite a difference. Also with accounting errors, Uckfield could be in the black.
We were told that the only way that we can stop the closure of the Crown Post Office is to apply to our MP, Charles Hendry, and ask him to intervene with the minister in charge, Jo Swinson MP, Minister for Competition. Some 5,000 people have signed a petition opposing the closure of Uckfield Crown Post Office. I would ask that you write to Charles Hendry MP, at the House of Commons, London. SW1A 0AA, or email email@example.com as soon as possible if you wish to retain the Crown Post Office. 5,000 communications from his constituents should encourage him to intervene.