Haringey Council has hit under-threat Salisbury Road Post Office with a rent hike of 100%, the Liberal Democrats have today found out.
Despite expressing support for the Post Offices facing closure, Labour-run Haringey Council has announced that the rent rise will be backdated three years, leaving the Post Office’s future in question. Liberal Democrats are appalled at Haringey Council’s action at a time when the future of many Post Offices throughout the London Borough of Haringey is uncertain.
Lynne Featherstone MP comments, “This decision flies in the face of Haringey Council’s alleged support for the campaign to Save Our Post Offices.
“It has taken over three years to come to this decision, and backdating the rise will mean a pillar of the community is punished by Haringey’s inefficiency. This is ridiculous”.
Councillor Fiyaz Mughal, ward representative of Noel Park, says, “Noel Park residents regularly use the Salisbury Road Post Office and it has become a community hub. For the Labour run authority to hike the rent by 100% shows a complete disregard for residents and their needs. Such hikes go against small business survival and sustainability”.
Note: The rent for Salisbury Road Post Office was £5,500 p.a., with a rent review due on 1 December 2004. Following a meeting between the husband of the sub-post mistress and a representative of Haringey Council on 23 February 2008, it was confirmed that this rate would rise to £11,000 p.a., backdated to December 2004.