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Save our Post Office - protesters to gather in Beckenham as closure looms

PUBLISHED: 09:47 13 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:51 13 April 2016

The Crown Post Office in Beckenham

The Crown Post Office in Beckenham

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A protest will be held this Saturday

Protesters are scheduled to meet in Beckenham this weekend to fight a proposed closure of their local Crown post office.

The Rectory Road post office is one of 43 sites nationwide that could face closure, with another in Sydenham.

An online petition set up by campaigners has already gained more than 1,300 signatures – less than 200 away from its target.

Chloe Ross, chair of Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association explained why the post office was so important.

She said: “The Post Office is putting people before profit. The service has a lot of users from all over Bromley, with the Penge post office already closed.

“If the existing site is too big and not profitable, it could always downsize, there are plenty of empty shops in the High Street, which would retain the service in Beckenham.

“If somewhere like a WH Smith takes over there wont be dedicated staff, it will probably just be whoever already works there and has drawn the short straw for that day.”

Joining protesters on the day will be workers from the Communication Workers Union.

A spokesperson from the Post Office said: “We announced in January that we were looking for potential franchise partners for Beckenham and Sydenham Crown branches.

“These branches form a small percentage of our network (300 out of a network of 11,500) and are directly-managed by the post office. The remainder of the network is already run on a franchise or agency basis.

“The reason are continuing to make changes to our network of Crown branches is to keep our service on UK high streets. In some locations branches (which can have high fixed costs such as property costs) cannot make money into the future, and we cannot look to the taxpayer to subsidise loss-making branches.”

A consultation will be released if the Post Office reaches a deal with any potential partners.

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