Post offices closure plan rapped as 'cost-cutting'
A CITY councillor has called the proposed closure of two post offices as nothing but "cost-cutting" at the expense of people in the local community.
Councillor Gulfraz Nawaz made his comments after learning of the proposed closure of the Crown Post Office branches in Midland Road and Victoria Street, Derby.
People are being consulted on the relocation of the two city centre branches into one superstore that is set to have longer opening hours.
Mr Nawaz said: "I think these plans will affect a lot of people.
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"If you go one way, the closest post office will be in Alvaston or they will have to walk into the centre of town.
"Some people simply wouldn't be able to make the trip and this facility shouldn't be taken away.
"My request is that people be honest and tell them what you truly think.
"The facility has been there for years and I would say is just cost-cutting and saving money at the expense of those people in the local community."
The plans would see two offices closed and a new, modern branch created at a site in Babington Court, Babington Lane.
The new store would offer customers the usual range of Post Office services, with longer opening hours, from 8.30am until 6pm in weekdays, and a new open-plan layout.
Drew McBride, a regional manager for the Post Office, said "In recent years, both of these crown branches have seen a decline in customers as Derby city centre has changed and new business and shopping centres have been developed.
"We understand how important Post Office services are to people in Derby.
"We want to make it easier for customers to do business with us through opening a new branch in a more central location."
The consultation on the plans started yesterday and will finish on February 5, 2013, with the proposed moves taking place in May 2013.
The Post Office has asked that comments and questions should be sent to it by post to the address "Freepost PO Consultation" or by e-mail to email@example.com or by phone to 08457 223344.