Selling off or downgrading of Urmston Post Office ‘will not be tolerated’, claims Labour MP Kate Green

By Sam Richardson

The downgrading of postal services will ‘not be tolerated’ in South West Manchester according to a Labour MP.

Expressing ‘deep concerns’ about proposals to sell-off Urmston Crown Post Office, Kate Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston, has joined forces with three Labour Councillors to oppose the plans.

Ms Green, and Councillors Kevin Procter, Jo Harding and Cath Hynes, believe that people have a right to have their say on the future of postal services in the town. 

She said: “We know from bitter experience that past changes to local post offices have meant that they’ve been relocated, downgraded, and the quality of service to customers deteriorates.

“We will not tolerate that for customers in Urmston.

“This exceptionally busy and popular post office is very well-used by local people, who are now very anxious that a valued service is under threat.”

The elected representatives have demanded to know if the post office will continue to operate from its present site, and whether the branch will retain its full range of services.

They also seek to find out whether opening times will remain the same, and have asked who will own, manage and be responsible for the performance of the post office in the future.

The group are hoping to have a meeting with Post Office bosses to discuss the concerns of local people.

Cllr Procter said: “There is currently a lot of uncertainty about what will happen to Urmston post office and how the changes will affect local people and post office.

“We have been speaking to our constituents, and we know they do not want to see their post office sold off.

“We will continue to put pressure on Post Office Limited until our questions are answered.”

Picture courtesy of EE Paul, with thanks.

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