Public and council voice concerns over Boston post office

Boston Post Office building.
Boston Post Office building.

Key council members voiced concerns over the proposed relocation of Boston’s crown post office at a public questions and answers session.

A panel of representatives from Post Office Ltd answered questions at the meeting held in the New England hotel in Wide Bargate on Thursday.

Chief concerns related to the size of the WH Smith store and how it would accommodate the post office, potential crowding issues and worries it may result in a reduction in services.

However, many also expressed concern over what will happen to the post office’s historic building if the proposals go ahead. The post office panel was unable to answer questions about the future use of the building.

Boston Borough Council leader Coun Peter Bedford spoke about the importance of the building’s heritage and told the panel: “You don’t seem to know what it is you are going to do with it.

“Please don’t expect that Boston Borough Council will be supporting your move to totally unsuitable premises.”

Gary Herbert, senior stake office manager for Post Office Ltd, said they would not make plans for the building’s future as the consultation was still ongoing. He stressed the proposed WH Smith site would offer an ‘open plan’ post office with increased opening hours.

Members were shown a floorplan of how the post office would fit at the back of WH Smith and told the layout meets disability laws.

Although subject to change, these plans did not show the layout of the narrow entrance area of the store or of if any changes will be made to open it up to an increased volume of people.

“It will be horrendous,” said one resident. “There will be queues right out into Wide Bargate,” said another.

The consultation ends on November 25.