After months of consultation and a huge amount of support including petitions from the public to keep it open, Hastings main post office at Cambridge Road is set to close in March 2014. It is unknown how many jobs will be lost but with any closure or downsize there is an unfortunate inevitability in this.
The post office is going to move to WHSmith’s in Priory Meadow shopping centre and given how busy this main post office is all the time we are a speculating here at Business in Hastings as to whether the same level of service (and quality) can be achieved in its new location.
We spoke to Sarah Owen, Labour Parliamentary candidate for Hastings & Rye who has been one of the main opponents of the Hastings post office closure and relocation, she said;
“This makes a total mockery of the word ‘consultation’. Thousands of Hastings people signed my petition and Post Office Ltd have chosen to disregard their wishes. This is a clear downgrade of our postal services, a downgrade of accessibility for disabled customers and a downgrade to our town centre.”
As to what the old building will be turned in to is anyone’s guess at the moment, we doubt it will be anything that can serve the public as the post office does and the general feeling from residents and businesses via the FSB is of exasperation to the decision as the post office is always busy.
We will keep you updated as to any more developments regarding this. Feel free to let us know your thoughts and views on this.