Lynne Featherstone

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COUNCIL SHOULD OPPOSE HIGHGATE POST OFFICE CLOSURE

As concern grows over the planned closure of the Archway Road Post Office, Highgate Lib Dem councillor Neil Williams has written to Haringey Council Leader George Meehan demanding that the Council opposes the plans.

Lib Dems in Highgate have expressed alarm that two Post Offices on the Archway Road have been earmarked for closure (one in Haringey and one in Islington) as a result of Post Office restructuring plans for the area.The Lib Dems say there are many elderly residents in the Highgate and Archway areas who rely on their local Post Office. Highgate is a hilly part of London and the walk up to the village can be a trek for some residents.

The loss of one or both Post Offices will also be a blow to the hard-pressed businesses on the Archway Road.

Mr Williams is also protesting to the Post Office that Haringey councillors have not been consulted by the Post Office about the plans, despite the Post Office saying in public that it would consult local councillors about its massive nationwide closure programme.

Highgate Lib Dem councillor Neil Williams comments:

“I have asked the Leader of the Council to throw his weight behind efforts to keep Post Offices open. Last year, Haringey refused to give a commitment that it would oppose Post Office closures in the borough, but now is the time for the Council to speak out. The Haringey Post Office on Archway Road will be sorely missed and it will be a serious blow to the Archway Road if the branch is closed.”

Lib Dem Parliamentary spokesperson, Lynne Featherstone, who has been campaigning on the future of Post Offices across Haringey and recently presented a petition against Post Office closures to Vincent Cable MP at Parliament, adds:

“This proposed closure is part of a much broader plan to shut Post Offices, and sadly the Labour government is backing it. It is a service we must protect, as Archway Road could be the tip of the iceberg.”

Mon 3 March 2003
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