James Brokenshire met with the Post Office to discuss the temporary closure of Sidcup Post Office and their wider business plans for modernisation and expansion.
The Sidcup Post Office temporarily closed on 22nd June 2019 following the resignation of the Postmaster and the withdrawal of the premises. The Post Office are now seeking a replacement Postmaster to run a Post Office in Sidcup which will also be a ‘Main branch’ that operates from a dedicated Post Office area and offers the widest range of Post Office services.
James expressed his concerns over the temporary closure of Sidcup Post Office and the subsequent impact this is having on the local community and underlined the need for urgent steps to be taken to identify a new site and Postmaster to minimise disruption.
More widely, the Post Office also discussed their future plans for the business including offering a wider range of products and services, increasing their digital capability, longer opening hours in branches and more convenient and accessible modern outlets.
Commenting, James said:
“I remain concerned over the temporary closure of the Sidcup Post Office given the reliance people place on being able to access the services. I was pleased to have the opportunity to seek assurance that all options are being pursued to locate new premises and see that a new branch is opened as quickly as possible.”
“The Post Office are still 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… - I would therefore encourage any businesses interested in this opportunity to apply.”
“I was also pleased to have the opportunity to hear about the Post Office’s transformative plans which need to be taken in order to overcome the challenges of a changing high street and online world.”