While he raises concerns over privatisation, above all he feels the community will suffer.
Cllr Healy outlined concerns he and the residents he represents have. Speaking about the plans to close to relocate post offices to WH Smith he said;
“Those officials informed staff of these plans and that a consultation exercise is now underway. The staff are understandably shocked and upset.”
“There is considerable public upset and concern that the East Riding of Yorkshire’s county town may be without a crown post office. As a result of this, I have been contacted by scores of concerned people in just a few hours.”
“Beverley’s post office is an essential part of the town’s infrastructure. Therefore it is widely used by citizens. It provides an essential service, particularly for our elderly residents and families.“
Post Office Closures – privatisation through the back door
Cllr Healy has, even more, pressing concerns saying;
“Franchising a public service to a retailer which itself is struggling to survive looks like privatisation through the back door.”
“Beverley Crown Post Office is at the heart of our community providing an essential public service. As elected representatives, we should be doing all that we can to preserve it.”
“The Post Office is a publicly owned service. Therefore I am calling on Graham Stuart to exert pressure on ministers to prevent our town from losing this essential asset.”
“I have written to our MP asking him to look into this. I want him to do whatever he can to get the Post Office to reconsider this decision.”
“To hive this off to WH Smith to help them turn round an ailing business is a complete nonsense. Consequently, it is unacceptable to our residents.”
Certainly, this is a debate that will go on for some time as the future of the post office is evaluated. Due to a range of factors, it may be difficult to influence this at a local level.