Kingswood campaigners and councillors are celebrating the news that the Post Office serving the New Cheltenham community of Kingswood has been reprieved by Post Office bosses.
Post Office Ltd recently consulted on a proposal to relocate its services currently delivered in New Cheltenham to a new venue at the far end of the steep Lees Hill and across busy Sweets Road.
Jo McCarron, Kingswood’s Labour parliamentary candidate, together the local Kings Chase ward councillors, Pat Apps, Bill Bowrey and Terry Walker, mounted a campaign to ensure that local people used the opportunity to have their say on the proposal. The campaign included a public meeting on 19th April, and producing addressed response sheets for local people to submit their own views. The local response was overwhelmingly hostile to the proposal.
Councillor Bill Bowrey (Kings Chase Ward) says:
“We are delighted that our arguments have been heard and that the move plans have been dropped, and thank local residents for their help and support with our campaign.
We had made it clear that the proposed new location was in an entirely different community, so was not a real alternative for current users. A move would have hit particular groups, not just the elderly but also small businesses in a designated Priority Neighbourhood where we need to encourage economic activity.
Post Office Ltd have told us that they are still investigating a permanent local solution within New Cheltenham, and the local councillors will do all we can to support them in this. We look forward to working with them to build a strong community partnership in New Cheltenham.”
Jo McCarron, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Kingswood, adds:
“I am delighted that Post Office Ltd has listened to residents’ concerns, and am really grateful to all the residents who worked with me and the local Labour councillors to help apply the pressure that has delivered this result. It shows that when we work together we can make a real difference for the community.”
6th June 2014