Bradley Stoke Town Council has been told by Royal Mail that it has no plans to provide a larger post office in the town.
The news, revealed during public questions at a recent Council committee meeting, will come as a disappointment to the vast majority of the 273 people who responded to a recent Council consultation to assess demand for better post office facilities in Bradley Stoke.
The survey, conducted between August and October this year, saw 92.7% of respondents express the view that there is a need for a larger post office in Bradley Stoke, with 76.6% specifically calling for a post office to be provided at the Willow Brook Centre.
The results of the consultation were sent to the Royal Mail, Tesco, the Willow Brook Centre and the local MP.
Speaking at this month’s meeting of the Leisure, Youth & Amenities Committee, Town Clerk Sharon Petela said a response had now been received from someone “high up” in Royal Mail.
According to Mrs Petela, who said she didn’t have the letter to hand as she was planning to reveal its content at the next Full Council meeting in January, the response could be summed up as: “nothing’s going to happen”.
She also revealed that the letter acknowledges customers’ concerns about queuing times at the existing post office within the Tesco Express store at Bradley Pavillions, Pear Tree Road, adding that Royal Mail says it will “see if anything can be done about it”.
The Royal Mail letter is said to conclude with an apology that “[our] response probably isn’t what you were hoping for”.
Town Mayor Ben Walker added that he had heard that Tesco might be willing to consider an upgrade of the existing post office facility at Pear Tree Road.
The campaign for better post office facilities in Bradley Stoke has been spearheaded by Cllr Tom Aditya, who was elected to the Town Council in May. He has previously accused Royal Mail of conspiring with the owners of neighbouring post offices to obstruct the opening of a new town centre post office in Bradley Stoke.
Photo: Post office campaigner Tom Aditya pictured in front of the Tesco Express store at Bradley Pavillions, Pear Tree Road.
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