Shock closure risk for town post office

Boston Post Office
Boston Post Office

Boston’s main Post Office could be shut down and its services moved to a shop in the town centre as part of a costcutting drive.

The historic building in Wide Bargate is one of 70 UK stores in line for closure as they are losing money for the Post Office Ltd.

The firm said it is committed to providing a service in Boston, and will soon be consulting with retailers to try to find an alternative location. A spokesman said services would remain in the current building if a new site was not found.

The Standard believes it would be bad for the town if the busy Post Office were to move to another location, which may be smaller.

We are launching a campaign to save our Post Office, and we want you to join us.

From today (Wednesday), there will be a petition at our office in Church Lane, and the team will be out rallying support in the town centre.

The plight has already gained the support of Boston BID, with chairman Alan Ellis who said he thought it would be a ‘terrible’ move for Boston.

He added: “It’s iconic for the town. It’s like moving the Municipal Buildings, it’s been here for that long. It would be a very big detrimental step.

“If the post office is not in the building, I don’t see how it’s going to help at all. It has queues out of the door there most of the time. It’s going to impact on the customers.”

A spokesman for the Post Office told The Standard that moving branches into a retailer would offer the chance for modernisation and, potentially, longer opening hours.

She added: “Boston Crown Post Office has been identified as a branch that could potentially be partnered with a retailer – it will be subject to a six week public consultation to gather the views of the local community. We are committed to having a Post Office branch within the area.

“This is not a closure programme and there are no compulsory redundancies planned as part of this strategy.”

Boston’s post office is one of 370 which are known as crown post offices, which have been losing money for some time. Currently, this group of stores is operating at a £40 million annual loss.

Boston Borough Council’s town centre portfolio holder Coun Derek Richmond told The Standard he had raised concerns about a loss of service with the Post Office, and had been reassured that services would remain.

With regards to the potential closure of the current building, he said: “If it happens, I think it’s very sad. It was the old sorting office, and when I was a lad it was also the telephone exchange. If the building stayed empty it would be very sad.”