MP for Hornsey and Wood Green
As the crisis facing local post offices goes from bad to worse, Liberal Democrats have condemned a second ‘stealth’ closure plan announced in the past week of a much valued Haringey branch.Along with the announcement last week of the planned closure of the Post Office branch in Crescent Road, the Triangle, N22, the Post Office have also announced plans to close the branch on Westbury Avenue, Wood Green. The plan involves the same timescale, with residents having until 13 January to oppose the move.
The announcement from the Post Office follows closures in Haringey in Archway Road N6, and Park Road N8, with the branch on Crouch Hill N8, just on the Islington border, also shutting its doors.
Lib Dems have condemned the latest announcements, and say the company has failed to keep local councillors informed of their closure plans for Haringey, despite repeated requests. Lib Dems also say that the latest two closures will hurt pensioners and post office users in the Wood Green area, and will be a severe blow to the small but vital local shopping parades where they are located.
Lib Dem Parliamentary spokesperson Cllr Lynne Featherstone comments: “This is yet another severe blow. Post Office closures are going from bad to worse in Haringey, with new closure plans revealed on a regular basis, with no overall pan, and seemingly no end in sight. The Post Office is closing branch after branch by stealth, giving local people little time to object to the plans. If these plans go ahead, by the end the service will be in tatters.”