Alan Johnson MP, former Home Secretary and Leader of the Post Office workers’ union, will be joining Labour’s three Churchill ward candidates Murad Gassanly, Shamim Talukder and Jason Thomas Williams, at 2pm on Monday 12th May to renew the campaign to save Lupus Street Post Office from closure.
Mr Johnson’s visit is part of a Day of Action organised by the Communications Workers Union. Labour say that the closure process is likely to start again after the May Council elections after the Post Office cynically put their plans ‘on hold’ after running in to unprecedented local opposition from residents and local businesses in 2013.
Labour say that the only way to guarantee a strong campaign against the renewed Post Office plans to close the Lupus Street post office is to elect three Labour Councillors for Churchill Ward on 22nd May.
The Day of Action will also include a Public Meeting at 6.30pm at the Churchill Gardens Community Centre at which Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, will be arguing for the Post Office to remain open.
Labour say that the case against closure is overwhelming;
• Residents face a 20 minutes’ walk to the nearest alternative post offices in Vauxhall Bridge Road and Ebury Street with no direct bus links. This is of particular concern to older, infirm and disabled residents.
• The queues at Vauxhall Bridge Road post office are already regularly stretched outside on the pavement.
• The Post Office in Vauxhall Bridge Road does not have access for disabled customers with wheelchairs.
• The use of Lupus Street post office for Council-related transactions is the highest in Westminster and if this post office is closed residents will have nowhere where they can pay their rent and rates or renew their parking permit in person now that the Council has closed all its One Stop shops
• Lupus Street traders use the Post Office banking facilities and if this post office were to close, local businesses would lose this important business facility, as well as having the increased worry of having to carry cash some distance to banks elsewhere
• Experience elsewhere shows that when post offices close down the surrounding local businesses suffer badly, leading to more empty shops, to the detriment of the wider community.
Councill Paul Dimoldenberg said;
“Local residents and businesses are totally unanimous in their opposition to the closure of the Lupus Street post office. The Lupus Street post office has been at the heart of the community for decades and its closure would not only hit residents hard, but would lead to a loss of business for local shops.”
“We are delighted that Alan Johnson will be again joining the Lupus Street post office campaign and shows that Labour ois leading the community to save this valuable local facility. The only way to guarantee a strong campaign against the renewed Post Office plans to close Lupus Street post office is to elect three Labour Councillors for Churchill Ward on 22nd May.”