Council calls for more details of post office move

The Witney Post Office

The Witney Post Office

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SENIOR councillors have raised concerns about plans to move Witney’s Post Office.

West Oxfordshire District Council claims it has not received any details from the Post Office of how it plans to operate a branch from the town’s WH Smith store.

The council also said its request for layout plans had not yet been met.

Cabinet member for economy and communities Richard Langridge said: “We have huge concerns regarding the Post Office’s proposed move to the WH Smith store in the Woolgate Centre and the detrimental impact it could have on regular users that depend on its services.

“WH Smiths in Woolgate is very busy and often packed with shoppers and so it’s difficult to see how Witney Post Office will retain and deliver all its current services in a much smaller space, especially as it’s so well used by residents and local businesses.

“The elderly and those with mobility issues will almost certainly struggle to navigate the store, and they are often the most reliant on post office services.

“Witney residents and Post Office users have expressed their opposition to the plans and we are writing again to the Post Office as our biggest concern now is, have our voices been heard and what will happen next?”

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1:12pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

It must be about the only WH Smith (other than those in railway stations) that is "packed" with customers.

Perhaps a better idea would be to move the WH Smith into the Post-Office site?
It must be about the only WH Smith (other than those in railway stations) that is "packed" with customers. Perhaps a better idea would be to move the WH Smith into the Post-Office site? Andrew:Oxford
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6:10pm Mon 2 Dec 13

the wizard says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
It must be about the only WH Smith (other than those in railway stations) that is "packed" with customers.

Perhaps a better idea would be to move the WH Smith into the Post-Office site?
If you did your homework you would know just how cramped this store is. The aisles are not wide enough for disabled wheelchairs and the "alley" in front of the magazine rack is frightfully narrow to say the least. This is the worse possible choice of an alternative. Only an idiot would choose this store but it looks like a done deal with Cameron almost endorsing it, another idiot, because if he actually shopped here and lived here as a member of the public, he would only be very aware of the situation. Instead the Tory hierarchy instilled him into a safe seat. If it were a marginal seat with the decisions he has made he wouldn't get in next time around, completely divorced from reality. Do your homework Andrew.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: It must be about the only WH Smith (other than those in railway stations) that is "packed" with customers. Perhaps a better idea would be to move the WH Smith into the Post-Office site?[/p][/quote]If you did your homework you would know just how cramped this store is. The aisles are not wide enough for disabled wheelchairs and the "alley" in front of the magazine rack is frightfully narrow to say the least. This is the worse possible choice of an alternative. Only an idiot would choose this store but it looks like a done deal with Cameron almost endorsing it, another idiot, because if he actually shopped here and lived here as a member of the public, he would only be very aware of the situation. Instead the Tory hierarchy instilled him into a safe seat. If it were a marginal seat with the decisions he has made he wouldn't get in next time around, completely divorced from reality. Do your homework Andrew. the wizard
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11:29pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

the wizard wrote:
Andrew:Oxford wrote:
It must be about the only WH Smith (other than those in railway stations) that is "packed" with customers.

Perhaps a better idea would be to move the WH Smith into the Post-Office site?
If you did your homework you would know just how cramped this store is. The aisles are not wide enough for disabled wheelchairs and the "alley" in front of the magazine rack is frightfully narrow to say the least. This is the worse possible choice of an alternative. Only an idiot would choose this store but it looks like a done deal with Cameron almost endorsing it, another idiot, because if he actually shopped here and lived here as a member of the public, he would only be very aware of the situation. Instead the Tory hierarchy instilled him into a safe seat. If it were a marginal seat with the decisions he has made he wouldn't get in next time around, completely divorced from reality. Do your homework Andrew.
Being cramped isn't the same as being "packed". I do shop in Witney regularly, I was there on Saturday. It's great with free parking. I do prefer independent newsagents though - they tend to be run by families. Each to their own.

In Oxford, the service I get from the small Post Offices on Cowley Road, Iffley Road, Blackbird Leys and Northway are far superior to that available at St Aldates.
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: It must be about the only WH Smith (other than those in railway stations) that is "packed" with customers. Perhaps a better idea would be to move the WH Smith into the Post-Office site?[/p][/quote]If you did your homework you would know just how cramped this store is. The aisles are not wide enough for disabled wheelchairs and the "alley" in front of the magazine rack is frightfully narrow to say the least. This is the worse possible choice of an alternative. Only an idiot would choose this store but it looks like a done deal with Cameron almost endorsing it, another idiot, because if he actually shopped here and lived here as a member of the public, he would only be very aware of the situation. Instead the Tory hierarchy instilled him into a safe seat. If it were a marginal seat with the decisions he has made he wouldn't get in next time around, completely divorced from reality. Do your homework Andrew.[/p][/quote]Being cramped isn't the same as being "packed". I do shop in Witney regularly, I was there on Saturday. It's great with free parking. I do prefer independent newsagents though - they tend to be run by families. Each to their own. In Oxford, the service I get from the small Post Offices on Cowley Road, Iffley Road, Blackbird Leys and Northway are far superior to that available at St Aldates. Andrew:Oxford
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11:48am Tue 3 Dec 13

tws says...

Why don't we shut ALL the Post Offices & stick them in Sainsbury's?
The bottom line, posh, rich, spoilt politicians like Cameron have never had to queue in a PO & NEVER will, so why would he/they care?
The comments regards the disabled finding access difficult are sound but again, do you really think grubby millionaires give a ****?
The bedroom tax, lower wages, less pension benefits but you pay more & work longer, millions under employed on zero hour contracts, or part time work that all affect the bulk of the population, NOT these politicians who care not a jot!!! (Bring back the Workhouse!!!).
So continue to vote for these so called politicians, totally detatched from reality & continue to Q in small shops for your stamp, as you get poorer & THEY get richer!!!!
Why don't we shut ALL the Post Offices & stick them in Sainsbury's? The bottom line, posh, rich, spoilt politicians like Cameron have never had to queue in a PO & NEVER will, so why would he/they care? The comments regards the disabled finding access difficult are sound but again, do you really think grubby millionaires give a ****? The bedroom tax, lower wages, less pension benefits but you pay more & work longer, millions under employed on zero hour contracts, or part time work that all affect the bulk of the population, NOT these politicians who care not a jot!!! (Bring back the Workhouse!!!). So continue to vote for these so called politicians, totally detatched from reality & continue to Q in small shops for your stamp, as you get poorer & THEY get richer!!!! tws
  • Score: 1

11:49am Tue 3 Dec 13

tws says...

Why don't we shut ALL the Post Offices & stick them in Sainsbury's?
The bottom line, posh, rich, spoilt politicians like Cameron have never had to queue in a PO & NEVER will, so why would he/they care?
The comments regards the disabled finding access difficult are sound but again, do you really think grubby millionaires give a ****?
The bedroom tax, lower wages, less pension benefits but you pay more & work longer, millions under employed on zero hour contracts, or part time work that all affect the bulk of the population, NOT these politicians who care not a jot!!! (Bring back the Workhouse!!!).
So continue to vote for these so called politicians, totally detatched from reality & continue to Q in small shops for your stamp, as you get poorer & THEY get richer!!!!
Why don't we shut ALL the Post Offices & stick them in Sainsbury's? The bottom line, posh, rich, spoilt politicians like Cameron have never had to queue in a PO & NEVER will, so why would he/they care? The comments regards the disabled finding access difficult are sound but again, do you really think grubby millionaires give a ****? The bedroom tax, lower wages, less pension benefits but you pay more & work longer, millions under employed on zero hour contracts, or part time work that all affect the bulk of the population, NOT these politicians who care not a jot!!! (Bring back the Workhouse!!!). So continue to vote for these so called politicians, totally detatched from reality & continue to Q in small shops for your stamp, as you get poorer & THEY get richer!!!! tws
  • Score: 1

12:48pm Fri 6 Dec 13

nickwilcock says...

Ignoring the rather extreme political comment, it is at least reassuring to note that Cllr Langridge and his colleagues have finally woken up to the reality which anyone who has had occasion to visit WHSmith and the Crown Post Office already appreciate.

Moving the Crown Post Office SIMPLY WILL NOT WORK! It must stay where it is and the Post Office managment must sort out its interna; policies without seriously inconveniencing those who need to use the Crown Post Office.
Ignoring the rather extreme political comment, it is at least reassuring to note that Cllr Langridge and his colleagues have finally woken up to the reality which anyone who has had occasion to visit WHSmith and the Crown Post Office already appreciate. Moving the Crown Post Office SIMPLY WILL NOT WORK! It must stay where it is and the Post Office managment must sort out its interna; policies without seriously inconveniencing those who need to use the Crown Post Office. nickwilcock
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