Post Office reps quizzed at Bridgwater meeting last night (August 29)

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POST Office reps received a grilling at a meeting last night (August 29) when people spoke passionately against a proposal to move Bridgwater’s post office to Sainsbury’s.

Bridgwater Mayor Graham Granter and Town Clerk Alan Hurford sat alongside Post Office Regional Network Manager Tony Jones and Post Office stakeholder manager Laura Tarling at the Town Council meeting in Trinity Hall.

The Town Council made it clear they are against the proposal to set up a permanent post office at The Clink, with Councillor Granter adding: “All action that can be taken to oppose this outcome must be pursued.”

The Post Office defended its decision to look at Sainsbury’s as an option over the other applicant, Hooks, suggesting the supermarket was a more sustainable business, offering longer opening hours.

But the Bridgwater audience disagreed, voicing concerns over road safety, routes into The Clink, parking, transport and access issues surrounding the proposal.

Both the Post Office and the Town Council urged people to take part in the consultation to ensure their views are recorded to be considered before the Post Office makes a decision.

When quizzed on whether the consultation results would make a difference to the final outcome, Mr Jones said previous proposals had been changed as a result of feedback from the public and that no decision would be made until consultation responses had been studied.

Comments can only be considered through submissions made to Post Office Ltd, c/o National Consultation Team, PO Box 1138, ST ALBANS AL1 9UN, via email to consultation@postoffice.co.uk, via the Customer Helpline 08457 22 33 44 or Textphone 08457 22 33 55. The consultation closes on September 5 2012.

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5:45pm Thu 30 Aug 12

sceptic_steve says...

Beggars can't be choosers....

Don't corner the P.O too much or the people of Bridgwater risk ending up with nothing, remember how that felt last year?

That would certainly upset all the tax dodging ebayers who go in every other day with their 20 parcels for Timbuktu, causing huge hold ups.
Beggars can't be choosers.... Don't corner the P.O too much or the people of Bridgwater risk ending up with nothing, remember how that felt last year? That would certainly upset all the tax dodging ebayers who go in every other day with their 20 parcels for Timbuktu, causing huge hold ups. sceptic_steve
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9:54pm Thu 30 Aug 12

Bridgy old Boy says...

In other words lie down and let them trample all over us! No Bridgwater deserves better and fair dues to ILG despite not being his biggest fan he did stand up and condemn this outrage at last nights meeting.
In other words lie down and let them trample all over us! No Bridgwater deserves better and fair dues to ILG despite not being his biggest fan he did stand up and condemn this outrage at last nights meeting. Bridgy old Boy
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10:04pm Thu 30 Aug 12

sceptic_steve says...

Let the P.O be in Sainsburys and be grateful for that.


Why have it in Eastover where al the crackheads and meth dealers hang out?

I certainly wouldn't want my elderly mother walking there and back with money in her purse.

Sainsburys has better parking, better facilities, is well lit, has security and is safer.

If you guys turn against the Sainsburys plan then you deserve what you get.
Let the P.O be in Sainsburys and be grateful for that. Why have it in Eastover where al the crackheads and meth dealers hang out? I certainly wouldn't want my elderly mother walking there and back with money in her purse. Sainsburys has better parking, better facilities, is well lit, has security and is safer. If you guys turn against the Sainsburys plan then you deserve what you get. sceptic_steve
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10:38pm Thu 30 Aug 12

jimee says...

Spot on Bridgy Old Boys....ILG could not be faulted in his support for the town.
Spot on Bridgy Old Boys....ILG could not be faulted in his support for the town. jimee
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7:33am Fri 31 Aug 12

phil.cross says...

putting the post office in sainsburys is a fantastic idea. long hours, customer security, parking etc...
why would you want it in a depressing dying town centre when you can put it in a busy shopping area frequented by lots of people.
putting the post office in sainsburys is a fantastic idea. long hours, customer security, parking etc... why would you want it in a depressing dying town centre when you can put it in a busy shopping area frequented by lots of people. phil.cross
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9:34am Sun 2 Sep 12

The Central Scrutinizer says...

How about a nice location in the town centre? Somewhere with convenient parking nearby and where there are smaller businesses that might benefit from the increased footfall. Cornhill, for example? Oh.
How about a nice location in the town centre? Somewhere with convenient parking nearby and where there are smaller businesses that might benefit from the increased footfall. Cornhill, for example? Oh. The Central Scrutinizer
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