Post Office to hold drop-in forum before move to WHSmith

Post Office, Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds ENGANL00120121217153447
Post Office, Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds ENGANL00120121217153447
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The Post Office is hosting a drop-in session in Bury St Edmunds next month to give the public the chance to discuss its plans to move to the nearby WHSmith.

The forum, from 3.30pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday June 1 at The Centre in St John’s Street, looks to provide residents with more information on the move which is expected to take place in November this year.

In January, staff at the Bury branch were told the company wished to create a new post office at the WHSmith next door.

Tomorrow, Friday May 13, all seven counter staff at the Post Office are walking out in protest to the move having all voted to strike.

Roger Gale, general manager of the Post Office crown network, said: “We are committed to keeping our services on high streets which we know is hugely important to people.

“We need to make changes so that we can continue to do that in the future.

“The way customers do business with us has changed - people want flexible and convenient choices of how they access our services, whether that is face to face at our branches or on the web.

“We are adapting to that and making sure we take the right course of action to sustain services for years to come.

“WHSmith already operates over 100 Post Office branches from their stores in the UK and we’ve been successfully working with them for nearly ten years.

“They have a proven record of running Post Office branches with consistently high levels of customer service.”

A public meeting is taking place from 6pm to 8pm tomorrow (Friday) at The Oddfellows Hall, Whiting Street.

It will be addressed by CWU national officer Andy Furey, Labour St Edmundsbury councillor Diane Hind and Bury historian Martyn Taylor, who will talk about the building’s history.