As you may be aware, the Post Office on Church Road in Redfield closed in September. Local residents, businesses, Church Road Action Group, Councillors and our MPs have all been in touch with the Post Office to try and get the branch re-opened, either on the same site or somewhere close by.
Update 20th December 2016
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East) and Thangam Debbonaire (Bristol West) – joined by local business owners, residents, and the Councillors for Easton and St George West – are calling on the Post Office to reopen on Church Road as soon as possible. Kerry and Thangam’s petition, as well as a huge postcard, asks that the process move as quickly as possible and say there is overwhelming support in the community for doing so.
Redfield’s shops, cafes, and restaurants have also been taking part, keeping copies of the petition to sign in-store, since many local businesses have been affected by the closure of the branch.
Commenting, Thangam said: ‘When the Lloyds Bank closed back in April, we were assured that people would still be able to use banking services through the local Post Office. Now, for months, elderly and disabled residents have been struggling to get to other branches.’
Kerry added: ‘Today might be one of the last days to post items for them to arrive in time for Christmas but in Redfield and St George, for many of my constituents, the last chance they had to post something at a local post office was three months ago.’
‘After pressure from our ongoing community campaign – which is just getting started – Post Office are moving quickly and are currently assessing a potential new operator. We collected more than 100 signatures in one lunchtime and, with the help of brilliant Church Road businesses, will show that the standard six-week consultation is really not necessary. Local people need a Post Office – now.’
Original Post 7th December:
On Friday a a petition will be launched to call on the Post Office to re-open a branch in Redfield.
Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East & Thangam Debbonaire, Labour MP for Bristol West have asked us to pass on the following message:
Many local people have been in touch with us about the closure of the Church Road Post Office. Disabled and elderly members of our community are struggling to go to the next nearest branches on Lawrence Hill or Whitehall Road. It is unacceptable that so many people in Redfield, Easton, and St George have been impacted.
We have been working hard with local residents and Councillors Craig, Pickersgill, and Shah to put pressure on the Post Office to quickly move forward with finding a new premises as soon as possible.
We will be visiting Church Road this Friday lunchtime to launch our petition calling on the Post Office to reopen as soon as possible, and would be delighted if you could join us outside of the closed Post Office at 128 Church Road at 11:30am to show your support.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you wish to help with this campaign or if we are able to assist with any other issues you might have.