Thursday, 19 October 2017

Post office to move despite protests

THE post office branch in Caversham Heights is to be relocated despite objections by residents.

THE post office branch in Caversham Heights is to be relocated despite objections by residents.

The branch inside Woodcote Way Stores will move to Conisboro Stores in Conisboro Avenue on March 22.

The Post Office says the new branch will improve the service and offer longer opening hours.

But elderly customers have complained that they will struggle to walk the extra distance to the new branch, about 650 metres.

They were supported by Reading borough councillor Isobel Ballsdon, who organised a protest petition that was signed by more than 900 people.



She said she was “deeply disappointed” to lose the fight.

“It is the wrong decision,” she said. “The feedback I received from numerous residents living near both the current and new site was staggeringly against it.

“Even those for whom the new location would be convenient were opposed to it because of accessibility.

“We also aren’t swayed by the longer hours as they’ll be meaningless once the last post has gone.”

The Post Office confirmed it had received many objections but said some residents had welcomed the move.

A spokesman said people with mobility issues could use the Readibus dial-a-ride  service.

He added: “We are satisfied the new location will meet the needs of customers.”

The new branch will be open from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Saturday and 8am to 8pm on Sundays.



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