Nearly 100 Churchill ward residents gathered at the Churchill Gardens Residents’ Hall on Monday 12th May to unanimously agree to tell the Post Office to keep open the Crown Post Office in Lupus Street which is threatened with closure.
The meeting was chaired by Sue Walsh, Chair of Churchill Gardens Residents’ Association and addressed by Labour Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, together with Councillor Andrew Havery, and Peter Meech and Ian Ward of the Communications Workers Union.
Earlier in the day Alan Johnson MP visited Lupus Street and heard directly from Churchill Ward Labour Candidates Murad Gassanly, Shamim Talukder and Jason Thomas Williams about the campaign to keep the post office open.
Alan Johnson also did a walkabout on the Churchill Gardens Estate to meet residents and boost Labour’s campaign to win the ward on 22nd May.
Labour say that the case against the closure of the Post Office 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.
Councillor 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 was able to join the Lupus Street post office campaign and shows that Labour is 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.”