I would also refer to the comments I made earlier about the ease of parking to use the current Post Office.
In terms of using Post Office services when inside the premises, would Post Office services be...?*
Note: you may want to consider factors such as the layout of the store and manoeuvrability inside the store
- Much harder
Why do you think Post Office services would be harder to use inside the proposed Post Office premises than currently? Please write in below.
The current premise is ideal, as it focuses on the needs of Post Office customers, whilst offering other goods, such as cards, packaging and stationery which are complementary to the primary offer of Post Office services.
The current premises has adequate space to allow privacy, does not become overcrowded and offers the ability for simple, orderly queuing - not being subject to different sales points, which may become a cause of conflict as an alternative premises offers a different business model, thriving on the ability for customers to 'pop in and shop', often spending a matter of seconds or minutes to make single item purchases.
Are there any other local community issues which you believe could be affected by or affect the proposed Post Office move?
Note: Possible examples might include a Christmas fayre restricting access to the Post Office, or a local disability centre in the area that may be disadvantaged by the Post Office move. Please write in below.
Post Office Ltd admits that Wedmore Post Office engages in 820 Post Office Ltd transactions a week, large or small, which is 75 visitors making purchases from Post Office Ltd in each half day session (and an additional number who will visit the existing premises for other purposes with no financial value to Post Office Ltd, such as dry cleaning, cards, stationery, etc. As such, our current counter staff are busy throughout their working hours. Post Office Ltd's suggestion that this level of business activity can be absorbed easily into the working hours of existing staff in another village business seems unrealistic and absurd.
Shopping patterns in Wedmore are focused on the usual retail business hours of Monday to Friday 09.00 - 17.30 and Saturday mornings, and as a consequence, the current Post Office's opening hours match and reflect the needs of this rural community. There is little night life - other than our three pubs - and no public transport to or from the village outside core retail hours. Local people are used to working within the constraints of limited opening hours - that is part of the charm of living in rural Somerset - and we do not expect, or want, what those who live in the metropolis expect or want.
Additionally, moving the Post Office from its current location will put at risk the survival of some 10 other independent retail businesses in The Borough Mall, as users of the Post Office provide a large footfall to and through this small precinct of additional shops. There is currently a balance to retail shopping in the village which closure of the current Post Office would imperil and, potentially, destroy.
Is there anything you particularly like about the change?
Do you have any suggestions that could help us make the proposed Post Office move better? Please write in below.
Listen to what local people have said to you, and act accordingly.
In my view, this consultation should be the 18th of that select few where Post Office Ltd has decided that the actions it proposes are neither suitable nor appropriate for this community.
The best thing would be not to move the Post Office from its current location.
This is the letter I've written to Wedmore Post Office users today.
I'd encourage everyone to attend Post Office Ltd's public consultation meeting at 19.30 tomorrow, Friday 29th April in St Mary's Church/
It is well worth listening to the proceedings at last week's Parish Council meeting, which can be reached via the Parish Council website. (Best to use headphones to amplify the sound).
28th April 2016
As a long standing supporter of Farmers for Action it was a real honour to be invited to speak at the 'Farming to London March' last week. I was even offered a spot on the Somerset coach!
You can read my speech here, read our letter which we hand delivered to Cameron here, and see some of what I said and did to help further the campaign for a fair deal for our farmers and producers whilst your MP here.
25th March 2016