Labour’s York Central MP Rachael Maskell is leading the charge in an effort to keep York’s Crown Post Office in Lendal. It was announced recently that services would be moved from the historic building to a franchise in the Coney Street branch of W.H.Smith.
Rachael said: “Like everyone, I was horrified by last month’s announcement by the Post Office to break up York’s Crown Post Office. Lendal Post Office has been serving residents, businesses, and visitors for the last 130 years.
“Not only does it draw people into the city centre, it is a living reminder of York’s proud heritage and our connection with the world. I am extremely disturbed that the Post Office failed to consult staff, residents or local businesses before presenting these franchising plans to the city as fait accompli.”
The Crown Post Office was built in 1884 by Henry Tanner and is one of the last surviving late-Victorian purpose-built post offices still in use. Labour have committed, in government, to renationalise the Post Office and associated Royal Mail services and make sure that postal services operate in the interests of customers, not shareholders.
With regard to the building, Rachael has said: “We must do everything possible to ensure these valuable spaces are kept in public ownership and not flogged off for a one-off capital receipt and shareholder profit”
A Labour led campaign to save the post office was launched this weekend, including a petition and a Christmas postcard campaign to the post office. A petition against the York closure can be found here, while a national petition against post office closures is here. There is also a six week official consultation into the process, due to end on December 28th, and Rachael is urging everyone to participate by visiting this site.
“At a time when Coney Street is struggling with footfall down 15 per cent over two years, it is vital that we make it absolutely clear that we will not stand for the loss of another important part of our high street,” she said.