A CAMPAIGN has been launched in a bid to save Bromsgrove’s Crown Post Office in the High Street which is under threat as part of the latest branch re-organisation programme.
The Bromsgrove branch is one of 40 to have been earmarked for a franchise move which, rather than have a traditional Post Office in the town centre, would see the counter be moved inside another retail premises.
There are currently nine people working at the Bromsgrove High Street Post Office branch and it is feared their jobs would also be under threat with the changes.
Now campaigners have put together an online petition for people to voice their opposition to any forthcoming proposals which currently has 477 signatures.
As part of the survey, six reasons against any potential closure have been outlined by those fighting to save the branch.
They include the fact the branch is always busy with, they say, the Post Office confirming it at least breaks even, the convenient location of the counter, the detrimental effect of another empty premises on the High Street and concerns over it being replaced with ‘an inadequate alternative’.
A Post Office spokesperson told The Standard employees at the branch affected by the proposed changes had been briefed about the situation and the next stage was to develop the proposals so they could be put to a full public consultation.
“We have been talking to our people at a number of locations (around 40) including Bromsgrove, about the potential changes regarding their branch.
“It is absolutely right that they are the first people to be aware of these potential changes.
“When we have developed firm, detailed plans there will be a six week public consultation.
“We are seeking a suitable potential retail partner because we believe that franchising, which has been used successfully in other areas for many years, will secure services in the area for the future.,“ she added.