Town makes its voice heard over Post Office plans

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Bostonians have had their say on the future of the town’s main post office branch – with a united front against the proposals to move it to WH Smith.

Post Office bosses want to move out of the landmark location in Wide Bargate into the back of WH Smith just a few hundred yards away.

The move has sparked opposition in the town, with customers fearing it will be tough to get to the counters in an already-congested store.

A petition launched by The Standard has attracted 243 signatures against the plan.

The consultation ended on Monday, with the singatures sent off to the Post Office at the end of last week.

Councillors from the Conservative, Labour, UKIP and Independent groups have all opposed the plans.

The council argues that by not revealing the possible future use of the current post office building, the consultation breaks English Heritage rules for looking after such buildings.

Borough council leader Peter Bedford said: “I think all sides of the council chamber are united in support of trying to keep it where it is but if we can’t keep it where it is we need to know what the future use of that building is.”

Post Office chiefs promised there will be no compulsory redundancies as a result of the move.

They say the closure is part of a modernisation programme and will mean the service is open longer.

A spokesman said WH Smith would take over the contracts of the current employees as they stand – but with future pay and conditions negotiations handled.

There have been adverts for new staff – but the Post Office says these would be replacements should existing employees chose not to move.

Coun Bedford added: “I don’t know whether or not it’s a done deal but we will keep fighting and doing what we can. We will keep a united front.”