The Post Office is proposing to move its Kings Heath branch further down the Heath High Street as part of its modernisation programme.
The lease at the current Kings Heath Post Office is up for renewal later this year, but instead of renewing it, the branch could be relocated and run by a 3rd party company.
A consultation started on 14 October and runs until 25 November and the Post Office would like to hear people’s views on the relocation of the Post Office to WHSmith.
Local MP Steve McCabe and Brandwood Councillors recently conducted a survey of constituents about Post Office services. It was clear from the survey that the Post Office is a valued service in the community. Sixty-five percent of constituents reported they visited the Post Office on a weekly basis, with 17% of people using it monthly. When asked what was most important about its services, 58% of people cited the location of the Post Office as important; 27% said they wanted to see a full range of services and; 15% of people did not want to see opening hours reduced.
Under the plans up for consultation, the branch would be located in the recess area at the top of the WHSmiths store although they have announced an increase of the opening hours would also include opening on Sundays.
In a statement Steve McCabe said“My constituents have told me that the location and the full range of services offered by the Post Office are important and I believe these proposals do not compromise on these points.
“However, I do have reservations about the accessibility to the WHSmith store. The shop is quite narrow and tight, I would like more information about how many buggies, wheelchairs and mobility scooters could access it and what happens when there are large queues, which are often seen at the current Post Office.”
“It’s good news that there are no plans for compulsory redundancies but in these difficult times my concern remains people jobs. We need to know there will be no reduction on conditions of service for existing staff.”
If you would like to comment on the consultation please visit https://www.postofficeviews.co.uk/liveconsultation.php