Protest outside peckham post office organised over its closure on August 20

News Desk (28 July, 2016)

The threat of the Rye Lane branch’s closure first arose in February when its landlord, Allview Estates, successfully applied for planning permission to convert the first floor into flats

8189Peckham Rye Lane Post Office

Protesters will direct their ire towards the Post Office, after the company announced it will shut its Rye Lane branch on August 20.

Residents and members of the Communications Workers Unions (CWU), will gather at the Crown Post Office at 10.30am on Saturday, and march to the branch in Peckham High Street.

The threat of the Rye Lane branch’s closure first arose in February when its landlord, Allview Estates, successfully applied for planning permission to convert the first floor into flats.

The Post Office said disruption from construction works would force it to shut at least temporarily, and later concluded that closing even for a short time would incur such a financial loss that it would have to abandon the site completely.

Nunhead resident and CWU member, Mole Meade, told the News: “People here are facing a downgrading of their basic, tax-funded public services.

“I was in there the other day with an old man on crutches. He said he’s now going to have to walk way up the road instead. It’s not fair on people like him. Where are these people going to get stamps, recorded delivery, or passport and ID services?”

The 54-year-old, who also works for the Post Office, said: “We know there’s nothing we can do to stop this, but we’re going to make a noise. There’s a few hundred expected to come down, and we had a petition with 2,500 signatures.”

A Post Office spokeswoman said: “The Post Office have, over a number of years tried to find a new site or a local business to take on Rye Lane Post Office in the immediate area.

“Unfortunately we have not been successful in this.  In any event, recent review of the area gives us confidence that we will have enough capacity in the nearby Post Office branches  – there are four within one and a half miles.

“We will of course continue to monitor following the closure of Rye Lane.”

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