Put post offices in our libraries

Iris Pummell

Iris Pummell

First published in News

A COUNCILLOR has called for post offices to be created at Basildon and Laindon libraries if the two branches cannot be saved.

Iris Pummell, the current Tory county councillor for Wickford and Noak Bridge, has hit out at plans to close or franchise the Post Office branches in Basildon’s East Square and the Laindon Shopping Centre.

She said the loss of the branches would be catastrophic for both towns and would leave pensioners forced to travel miles to access any of their services.

Mrs Pummell said she has already spoken to David Finch, Essex County Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for finance, as to whether post offices in both towns could be moved into the libraries if no buyer for each of them is found.

She said the library at the Basildon Centre in St Martin’s Square and at New Century Road in Laindon both had the room to accommodate post office counters if the worst happens.

The Echo revealed last week how the Post Office is proposing to close or franchise 70 branches nationwide.

On Saturday workers from the Basildon Post Office in East Square staged a one-day walk out and gathered signatures on a petition from customers opposed to the plans.

Garrie Bond, South Essex representitative from the Communicaiton Workers Union, said he would rather both post offices stay than be moved into libraries in either town.

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7:42pm Wed 3 Apr 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

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7:44pm Wed 3 Apr 13

Sean4u says...

Maybe I had too intensive a religious upbringing, but I can't help thinking of the story in the bible about the market in the temple.

The Post Office is on the brink of being a private enterprise, at which point it will probably be bought by some company like Deutsche Post, the Kuwait Investment Bank or Hong Kong Steel And Gas. Our libraries are about the last British thing we haven't sold off as scrap. We should be reinvigorating our libraries, not polluting their purpose to make it easier to destroy them too.
Maybe I had too intensive a religious upbringing, but I can't help thinking of the story in the bible about the market in the temple. The Post Office is on the brink of being a private enterprise, at which point it will probably be bought by some company like Deutsche Post, the Kuwait Investment Bank or Hong Kong Steel And Gas. Our libraries are about the last British thing we haven't sold off as scrap. We should be reinvigorating our libraries, not polluting their purpose to make it easier to destroy them too. Sean4u
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7:45pm Wed 3 Apr 13

Sean4u says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
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Are you hissing like a snake? Seems a fair comment, if so...
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: Shssssssssssssssssss sssssss....[/p][/quote]Are you hissing like a snake? Seems a fair comment, if so... Sean4u
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1:37am Thu 4 Apr 13

Yovene says...

Congratulations to Iris Pummell, a distinguished County Councillor who has raised an interesting issue and demonstrated awareness of the need for Post Office services.
Unfortunately the local Council wants rid of the PO anyway, as its strange 'regeneration' plans propose a multiplex cinema for and behind the PO site.
It seems the Basildon Tories want to back Malcolm Buckley for County too: he is the man attempting to railroad measures including moving Basildon Market to just beyond M&S thus destroying the trees that make such a pleasant shaded approach to the Bas Centre and St Martins Church. Imagine the scene: the blushing bride emerges on the arm of he new husband to be greeted by cries of "Loverly termar'ers".
Cllr Buckley wants to bring the College away from its spacious Nethermayne site to a far more cramped Market Square which means destroying the Kingswood Equestrian Centre, endangering sites of special scientific interest near the ancient meadows leading to Dry Street, damaging the ecology of the Langdon Hills Ridge, disturbing badgers and robbing our children and grandchildren of a last vestige of the area's history.
Perhaps Cllr Buckley believes that because this is all New Town it does not matter --- it does, and he is wrong yet again.
Iris, your work for us is not forgotten: you were elected to County in 1989 and have served with distinction. What a shame that your party (Tory) has not rewarded your loyalty by asking you to go for County once again.
Congratulations to Iris Pummell, a distinguished County Councillor who has raised an interesting issue and demonstrated awareness of the need for Post Office services. Unfortunately the local Council wants rid of the PO anyway, as its strange 'regeneration' plans propose a multiplex cinema for and behind the PO site. It seems the Basildon Tories want to back Malcolm Buckley for County too: he is the man attempting to railroad measures including moving Basildon Market to just beyond M&S thus destroying the trees that make such a pleasant shaded approach to the Bas Centre and St Martins Church. Imagine the scene: the blushing bride emerges on the arm of he new husband to be greeted by cries of "Loverly termar'ers". Cllr Buckley wants to bring the College away from its spacious Nethermayne site to a far more cramped Market Square which means destroying the Kingswood Equestrian Centre, endangering sites of special scientific interest near the ancient meadows leading to Dry Street, damaging the ecology of the Langdon Hills Ridge, disturbing badgers and robbing our children and grandchildren of a last vestige of the area's history. Perhaps Cllr Buckley believes that because this is all New Town it does not matter --- it does, and he is wrong yet again. Iris, your work for us is not forgotten: you were elected to County in 1989 and have served with distinction. What a shame that your party (Tory) has not rewarded your loyalty by asking you to go for County once again. Yovene
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6:16pm Fri 5 Apr 13

Carnabackable says...

Why not put the library, with the post office in it, in the Police station, less robberies on the P.O. counter, and library fines sorted quicker...
Why not put the library, with the post office in it, in the Police station, less robberies on the P.O. counter, and library fines sorted quicker... Carnabackable
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