MP will discuss post office closure plans with bosses

Chorley's MP will voice his concerns about the closure of the town's post office in a meeting.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 13th May 2016, 3:38 pm
Updated Friday, 13th May 2016, 5:50 pm
Chorley Crown Post Office
Chorley Crown Post Office

Lindsay Hoyle will meet Post Office executives tomorrow to outline his objections to plans to close Chorley Crown Post Office, on Cleveland Street, and replace it with counters at WHSmith.

His concerns include the lack of car parking outside WHSmith, the amount of space available in the shop and whether the same products and services will be available.

He says the consultation document gives no certainty over jobs and there are no assurances there will be a cash machine.

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Mr Hoyle said: “Given the concerns I have about the proposals over our Crown Post Office I have asked to meet with them to discuss this in more detail. At present I do not see how merging the Crown Post Office with WHSmith can be an improvement for customers and therefore I am opposed to the plans.

“I shall be using my meeting on Tuesday to discuss this and seek assurances over services and jobs.”

The Post Office did not respond to a request for a comment, but Roger Gale, general manager of the Post Office Crown Network, has previously said: “We are committed to keeping our services on the high street which we know is hugely important to people. This proposal means we can continue to do that, into the future.

“Our customers will be offered the same range of services. Our collaboration with WHSmith helps secure the long-term viability of services for local customers.”

To get involved in a consultation on the plans, visit, email [email protected] or call 03457 22 33 44.