Post Offices

MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Question By: 
Elizabeth Howlett
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Is the Mayor proposing to respond to the DTI's consultation on Post Offices that may result in even more closures across London than this Government has already been responsible for, and if so, what was his response?


Answer for Post Offices

Answer for Post Offices

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Provision for Post Offices is supported by London Plan Policies 3A.15 Protection and enhancement of social infrastructure and community facilities, 3D.3 Maintaining and improving retail facilities and Policy 3D.1 Supporting town centres. The London Plan (2004) notes that `co-ordinated planning and other interventions may be required to retain facilities, such as corner shops or small parades in estates, that provide an essential social service but are on the margins of economic viability.' I will be responding to the consultation in these terms, stressing the role of an effective network of post offices in delivering accessible, essential local services, providing a social hub and sustaining neighbourhood and other centres. I will stress that the review must recognises the important social and economic role post offices play in the communities they serve and particularly among the vulnerable customer groups - which include those in deprived urban communities - who rely on them as a 'lifeline'.