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434 West Green Road, N15
One saved, but six Post Offices are to close
By Valley Fontaine
Six out of the seven post offices in the borough of Haringey earmarked for closure are to shut. This is despite a determined campaign organised by local residents associations.
The Post Offices which are to close.
100 Alexandra Park Road, Muswell Hill N10
4 Ferme Park Road, Finsbury Park N4
7 Highgate High St N6
89 Weston Park, Hornsey N8
434 West Green Road, South Totteham N15
21, Salisbury Road, Wood Green N22
The closures, which mostly affect smaller and independent branches, are part of a national restructuring of post office services under which 2,500 branches will be permanently closed by 2009.
This is due to the network making losses of up £3.5 million a week.
Aszad, Postmaster of 434 West Green Road
The only post office which was earmarked for closure but has received a reprieve is the branch on Broad Lane, South Tottenham.
Aszad, the Postmaster of the post office on West Green Road, has not yet been told when he will be closing his doors for the final time.
He says "my feelings have gone, they [the post office] have already made their decision. I feel sorry for the elderly, but I'm sure they'll find another way to get their pension".
Manuel, is an unhappy local resident
Manuel, a resident of West Green Road uses the post office on a regular basis, and says: "I feel sad, this post office does a good job, it's close to where I live".
On the 29th March almost 100 people, waving banners with slogans like; 'Save Our Post Office', 'Postman Pat Says: Save My Office', and 'No To Privatisation', took part in a protest called by local residents associations.
This was followed by a borough wide rally held on the concourse outside Wood Green Library.
It's reported that over 5,000 residents have signed petitions objecting to the post office closures.
Around 170 Post Offices in London are affected and Haringey Council has condemned the plans. Councillors voted unanimously at a meeting on 18th February to oppose Post Office Ltd's plans to close branches in the borough.
Post office closure notice letter
Haringey Council Leader Cllr George Meehan said: "This is an extremely important issue for Haringey. We are happy to stand shoulder to shoulder across the political divide in opposition to the closure plans".
According to Dave Morris, the Secretary of the Haringey Federation of Residents Associations: "The most positive thing to come out of this is the ever-growing strength of local residents associations and the borough-wide co-ordination we are building up………
" Its up to all of us to fight for the needs of our communities, and to that end we call on all residents to join or set up residents groups in every street, neighbourhood and block of flats".
Post Office Ltd say that after the closures, 90 per cent of the population will remain within one mile of their nearest branch and 99 per cent will be within three miles.
last updated: 12/05/2008 at 16:49