James Brokenshire is urging the Post Office to take urgent action to maintain counter services in Sidcup after the temporary closure of Sidcup High Street’s Post Office from 28th June 2019 following the resignation of the Postmaster and the withdrawal of the premises for Post Office use.
In a letter to the Post Office, James expressed his concern over the temporary closure of the Post Office given the reliance people place on being able to access the services of the Post Office in Sidcup. James also underlined the need for urgent steps to be taken to identify a new site and Postmaster and minimise disruption.
The Post Office are now seeking a replacement Postmaster to run a Post Office in Sidcup and are advertising the opportunity via their Run a Post Office website - https://runapostoffice.co.uk/home/result/show/sidcup-post-office-sidcup-da14-6dj James is encouraging other retailers on the High Street to respond positively to the request.
The replacement Post Office will also be a ‘Main branch’ which operates from a dedicated Post Office area as well as a service point on the retail counter and offers the widest range of Post Office services.
Commenting, James said:
“I am disappointed that the Sidcup Post Office will be temporary closed from 28th June following the resignation of the Postmaster and the withdrawal of the premises. I recognise the importance of Post Office services to Sidcup which is reflected in the number of people who use the existing branch.”
“I will maintain pressure on the Post Office to prioritise a replacement branch established to ensure the minimum disruption for local residents.”