PROPOSED MOVE OF COOKRIDGE POST OFFICE TO COOKRIDGE LANE – UPDATE

I have received the following udpate from The Post Office in relation to the proposals to move to Cookridge Lane:

“Dear Cllr Anderson

Cookridge Village Post Office®

91-93 Green Lane, Leeds, LS16 7EY

I would like to thank you for your email of 18 December and as part of the National Consultation Team, I have been asked to respond to you directly on the issues raised by your constituents.

Firstly I would like to apologise for the incorrect information in the consultation material about the distance of the bus stopbetween the current branch and the proposed premises. The nearest bus stop is 150 metres away not 50 meters as stated in our materials. As a result the information will be amended when our decision letters are sent out. We do endeavour to be as accurate as possible in our consultation materials and I apologise for any confusion this may have caused.

The local model we are proposing for Cookridge Village Post Office is designed to achieve the twin objectives of greater sustainability of the branch for Post Office and the Postmaster, and better environment/opening hours for customers. Post Office services would be offered from two counters in the retail area, where customers can also pay for retail transactions at the same time, meaning that Post Office services are available during all shop hours, providing greater flexibility as to when customers choose to visit us.

When looking to relocate a service provision we are always mindful of the needs of our customers, particularly the elderly and less mobile and your constituents comments on access and parking at the proposed location have been noted. We do recognise that should this relocation proceed, it may entail a slightly longer or more difficult journey for some of our customers and naturally we regret this. However, the location and access to and into the proposed premises are some of the factors we do take into consideration. Consultation gives us an opportunity to get our customers views, to help us make sure we’ve got the best way forward before we finalise our plans. 

I would like to emphasise that this remains a proposal and the final decision has not yet been made. The local public consultation ends on the 2nd of February 2015, when we will undertake a final review of the correspondence we have received and evaluate if any changes need to be made to our original proposal. Once the final decisions are taken we will let our customers know by putting up information posters in the branch; details will also be given on our website: www.postofficeviews.co.uk

I trust this keeps you up to date with this matter. I will continue to advise you of any further information I receive.