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Upper Holloway Crown Post Office to close despite fierce opposition

'We’re extremely disappointed that Post Office Ltd. are pressing ahead with their plans to relocate the busy Upper Holloway Post Office'

27 March, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Unionists and residents outside the Post Office in Archway protesting against the closure

THE Post Office in Archway is set to close despite opposition from local politicans, residents and unionists.

Post Office chiefs announced today that they would close the outlet in Junction Road to move it into the back of a Today’s Extra store on the same road.

Islington residents and members of the Communication Workers Union staged a protest outside the Crown post office in January while hundreds signed a petition opposing the closure.

Campaigners at the protest against the closure in January

Cllr Asima Shaikh, executive member for inclusive economy and jobs said: “We’re extremely disappointed that Post Office Ltd. are pressing ahead with their plans to relocate the busy Upper Holloway Post Office, despite us raising our concerns about the negative impact their plans could have on both local residents and staff.

“The move comes after Islington has already seen the closure of Highbury Corner Post Office and the franchising of Finsbury Park Post Office in recent years, making it even harder for local people to access the services they rely on. I will be writing to Post Office Ltd to seek reassurances that other branches that serve our community in Islington will not face closure.”

There will not be a Post Office cash machine in the new site nor will there be self-serve kiosks.

The nearest branch providing DVLA Photocard Driving Licence renewal and Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence application services would be Kentish Town Post Office.

The current branch will close at 5:30pm on Wednesday May 1, with the new branch opening at 9am on Thursday May 2.

Crown post offices are directly owned and managed by the Post Office, a publicly-owned body which has faced huge cuts by the government in recent years.

These cuts have prompted the emergence of franchised post offices in newsagents and stationery shops throughout the country.

Roger Gale, Post Office network and sales director, said: “The Post Office is not immune to the pressures facing all retailers.  We must respond to the unprecedented change taking place on high streets and adapt to changing customer needs.

 “We would like to reassure all our customers in Upper Holloway that they would still be able to pick up their pensions, buy stamps, collect and return home shopping or access their usual high street bank account, in just the same way as they do at present. Additionally, the branch would be open longer, including on Sundays, making it more convenient for customers.

 “We are making these changes to Upper Holloway Post Office lightly – but we need to make them if we are to ensure that branches like Upper Holloway remain at the heart of towns and cities, not just in the short term, but for the long term too.”

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