Post Office plans to scale down its Oldmixon services sparks petition
PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 May 2018
Plans to scale down a 'popular and busy' Post Office on a Weston-super-Mare estate have sparked a petition to keep the facility fully open.
Oldmixon’s Aller Parade Post Office, in Monkton Road, is due to shut its main counter in July and a petition to prevent the changes has achieved 472 signatures.
It is located in the same premises as McColl’s convenience shop, with the Post Office operating as a separate business.
But the Post Office plans to move the main counter to be next to the store’s entrance, which would not give people access to the facilities required for certain transactions.
Would-be customers would instead have to travel into Weston town centre or Loxton Road, something which is ‘unfeasible’ for many people living on the estate.
South Ward councillor Ian Parker said: “A lot of the people who use this Post Office are elderly and have limited access to transport.
“There is currently no bus service which runs from the Oldmixon to the Bournville estate, meaning people will have to venture into Weston town centre, which is unfeasible for many.
“The plans will make the experience uncomfortable for people, as no-one wants to carry out a personal order next to a shopping queue.”
Lisa Britton, manager of the Post Office, said: “It is always busy so it’s a strange decision.
“Moving us to a little cigarette counter right next to the McColl’s entrance is not very personal.
“It is very popular and used by a lot of people on this estate, you see the same people day in day out. I could understand if it was underused but that’s not the case.”
Roy Thomas, who has lived on Oldmixon for more than 50 years, believes it is going to be ‘almost impossible’ to get into the town centre at peak times.
He said: “I don’t drive anymore, so trying to get into Weston at Christmas time when you tend to use the Post Office a lot more will be almost impossible.”
A Post Office spokesman said: “We would like to reassure customers there are definitely no plans to close Aller Parade Post Office.
“The branch is trying to encourage more customers to use the Post Office service point alongside the retail counter, which is now available throughout the store’s opening hours.”