Council leader says he will join the fight for the post office

L-R Boston Standard reporter Laura Hammond with Sarah Dixon, Alan Dixon and Margaret Dixon signing the Boston Standard's petition against the closure of the Boston Post Office.

L-R Boston Standard reporter Laura Hammond with Sarah Dixon, Alan Dixon and Margaret Dixon signing the Boston Standard's petition against the closure of the Boston Post Office.

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Our campaign to secure Boston’s main post office is gathering pace – and has now gained the support of Boston Borough Council.

The Post Office is proposing to shut its store in Wide Bargate and move services into a retail unit, in a bid to save money for the company.

But, the petition we launched last week has shown many people in the town think the loss would bee keenly felt, and some town leaders agree with them – and us – that it would be a backwards step for the area.

Council leader Coun Peter Bedford told The Standard: “It would be a sad day if it did move. It’s always been the post office, and it’s a beautiful building. It would be a terrible shame.

“With the amount of people that use that post office every day, I don’t think for a minute it would be a good idea if it were to move into another shop.”

Boston’s post office is one of 70 considered for relocation as it is part of a group of Crown post offices which are currently running at a loss for the company.

The Post Office has not yet approached any potential town centre shops about taking on its services. A spokesman for the company said that if a suitable premises was found, a six-week consultation would take place to discover people’s views.

Coun Bedford said Boston Borough Council would be making representations.

Boston MP Mark Simmonds said he was worried the level of service would decline as a result of the move. He added: “We need to fight to ensure that current service levels are at the very least maintained at current levels.”

He added he had written to the company’s chief executive about it.

Members of the public have also spoken out about how the loss of the post office would affect the town.

One woman, who signed our petition calling for the post office to remain where it is, said: ““It’s a hub for the community. It’s somewhere people go a lot. If you go past on a morning first thing, you see so many people just chatting outside it. It’s the only main one we have in the town centre, and it’s always very busy.”
Another customer told us: “It’s been there for years. I use it to go and buy my stamps and get car tax.
“I think it would be a loss if it moved. It would not be the same.”

A Post Office spokesman said: “We successfully work with many retail partners. If no retail partner is found we are committed to having a Crown post 0ffice in the area.”

To sign our petition, visit The Standard office on Church Lane, or head to our epetition.