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Save Beverley Post Office

October 14, 2018 8:06 PM
By admin

The Post Office has revealed plans to close 6 Crown Post Offices in Yorkshire. It wants to relocate them within local WH Smith branches as part of a national franchise deal. One Crown Post Office in East Yorkshire is part of this plan - Beverley's main Post Office in Register Square.

The plan is to relocate the Post Office within W.H. Smith in Toll Gavel.

This raises obvious concerns. Beverley's Crown Post Office is heavily used. It has 5 counters which are all open and busy much of the time. Despite this and the obvious expertise of the staff, there are often lengthy queues of citizens waiting to use the Post Office's services, sometimes queuing down the street. There is some parking availability outside of the Post Office, which is vital for users with mobility issues who need to drive or be driven there.

The local WH Smith shop on Toll Gavel is small and also well-used. It is packed with merchandise which shoppers have to queue around to reach the tills. Unless this shop has elastic walls, it is impossible to see where a Post Office would fit in. Because of available space, how would a move here provide the same excellent level of service which Beverlonians have come to expect from both the Post Office and WH Smith. There is no parking outside of WH Smith as it is located in a car-free shopping area.

Sign the Petition!

With this in mind, on Saturday 13th October the Beverley Liberal Democrat team of Cllr Denis Healy, Dave Boynton, Linda Johnson (pictured) and Alison Healy canvassed the opinions of customers outside the Post Office and in Toll Gavel. Most people were horrified at the possibility of the closure. Cllr Denis Healy also set up an on-line petition which was shared on social media. Over 600 signatures were collected in just 24 hours. You can find the petition here


Denis Healey led the way in calling for a full consultation on the proposed closure and relocation and echoed the opinions of many members of the public who spoke up, questioning the suitability of the W.H. Smith premises to house the very busy Post Office.

The Post Office's own standing orders say there must be a full 6 week consultation process; the Liberal Democrats will ensure that this is actioned.

The petition for signing on-line can be found here