18th Dec, 2018

Your reaction to Mell Square post office closure plans

Felix Nobes 5th Dec, 2018

PLANS to close Solihull town centre’s historic post office have prompted concern from many of our readers.

After being a central part of Mell Square for more than 50 years, its potential transfer to a nearby WH Smith has drawn criticism.

As we reported last week, members from the Communication Workers Union (CWU) – which represents post office workers – are opposing the plans.

They turned out at Mell Square to protest against the proposal last Saturday (December 1).

The post office is on a list of 74 earmarked for closure across the UK – with many set to have services transferred to WH Smith and other retailers.

The cutbacks mean it could be relocated next year, prompting fears of job losses.

A public consultation will be held in the new year.

In response to our story, reader Carol Webb said: “No! Other towns still have town centre post offices.

“Solihull is growing ever larger and more prosperous and needs to provide the services that a post office provides.

“I just don’t understand this decision other than the usual blinkered cost saving exercise – and it’s always busy!”

Elizabeth Welch questioned: “What!? It’s always packed in there.”

Johanne Read said: “There are lovely staff in there, well used post office. How stupid.”

Keeley Green said: “Stupidity! I use this post office twice a month and it’s always really busy.

“I get closing down smaller ones but this is a busy town centre post office!”

Patrick Joyce said: “Mell Square urgently needs new enterprise otherwise it will become a ghost town!”

One reader Neil Williams joked: “They’ll probably turn it into a KFC.”

Members of the CWU will be gathering once more in the Royal British Legion Club, on Union Road, on Friday (December 7), to discuss their campaign.

Labour MP for Erdington, Jack Dromey, and the Trades Union Congress Midlands chief Lee Barron are expected to address the meeting.

The Post Office’s national network and sales director, Roger Gale, said last week: “I would like to reassure all our customers in Solihull that they will still be able to pick up their pensions, buy stamps, collect and return home shopping or access their usual high street bank account, in just the same way as they do at present.

“Indeed, there will be no changes to any of the services available over the counter at the Solihull branch.

“Additionally, the branch will be open longer, including on Sundays, making it more convenient for customers.”

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