Mayor backs 200 signature petition

Boston Standard reporter Daniel Jaines with petition against the closure of Boston Post Office.
Boston Standard reporter Daniel Jaines with petition against the closure of Boston Post Office.

The Mayor of Boston has backed The Standard’s petition – signed by 200 people – calling on the Post Office to stay at Wide Bargate.

The organisation last week announced it was launching a consultation on moving its Boston services from the current location on Wide Bargate to WH Smith, just a few hundred yards away – a move widely criticised by members of the public.

Coun Paul Kenny said he was always ‘fully in support of any campaign’ to save the Post Office. He said he was worried about it becoming ‘a slippery slope’.

He said: “There’s a high risk of reducing that service and the questions we need to be asking of the Post Office are can they operate the same amount of space and the same amount of people? If not then the answer is no.”

The Post Office has said it will offer the same services – with additional opening hours on a Sunday – and no compulsory redundancies. However, people have questioned the size of the WH Smith building.

On Facebook Terri Gregg said: “Would make more sense for WH Smith to move into the Post Office buildings, WH Smith is normally packed at the front of the shop with queues a mile long. Imagine the chaos with the Post Office queues as well. This is a disaster waiting to happen!”

l The consultation closes on November 25. You can write by Frepost to Your Comments, Post Office Ltd, or email comments@postoffice.co.uk

l To sign the petition visit The Standard’s offices in Church Lane or go online and visit http://bit.ly/Vk7Y5J