Lynne Featherstone MP on Saturday attended a local residents meeting, to discuss the future of Alexandra Parade Post Office. A representative from the Post Office was also there to answer questions.
The Post Office was closed without notice due to a dispute between the Post Office and the Post Master, and residents have been advised to use the Muswell Hill branch instead. The Post Office have stated that the closure is temporary.
Local residents contacted the Liberal Democrat MP, as they were worried about losing the post office for good, and having to brave the queues at Muswell Hill branch on a permanent basis.
At the meeting, residents made it clear that an ongoing Post Office service is needed in the area.
Lynne Featherstone MP is now writing to the Chief Executive of the Post Office to formally raise the residents’ concerns.
Lynne Featherstone MP commented:
“Post Offices are a vital part of our local communities. They provide a range of services to local residents and attract people to the high street.
“The residents obviously care a great deal about the Alexandra Parade office – and I’m glad they were able to make their voices heard to the Post Office representative.
“There are still a number of unanswered questions about the closure, and about when the service will return. On behalf of local residents, I will contact the Chief Executive to get some answers.”
Thank you to Lynne Featherstone for taking an interest in this dreadful situation. When I first moved to Muswell Hill there were several small post offices in the area. My own local one on Alexandra Parade is the only remaining one of these and its postmaster has served the community for thirty years or so. He and his staff are much appreciated by his customers. There are always big queues at the main post office in the Broadway, and a system which sees some customers being able to jump the queue and go to a specially designated window for service. With queues often forming down the street, this feels like an endurance test rather than a service.