Public must have their say on post office threat - Huppert

January 19, 2010 2:27 PM

Save our Post Offices logoControversial plans which threaten the future of Cambridge's main city centre post office should be put out to public consultation, claims Lib Dem parliamentary candidate, Julian Huppert.

He has called for talks with senior management from Post Office Ltd to urge them to hold a consultation to allow the public to have their say. And he has expressed his concerns to industry watchdog, Postwatch.

Julian believes the public have a right to be given full details of a scheme by Barclay's Bank to move into the post office building in St Andrew's Street. If given the go-ahead, the plans could lead to the post office swapping to a smaller Barclays Bank building nearby.

"This is a crucial decision which should not be taken without residents and businesses being given the chance to have their say," said Julian. "It has implications for all who use the post office; it strikes at the very heart of our community.

"We have recently lost three key post offices in the city centre and the future of Trinity Street post office is in the balance. A city such as Cambridge which is growing and prospering should have a good central post office.

"There are no guarantees that the post office can move into the Barclays Bank building and the city could be left without a post office. These plans should not go any further until a full investigation and public consultation has taken place."

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