Catherine West MP has demanded an urgent meeting with Post Office bosses over proposals, announced today, to privatise Crouch End and Muswell Hill Post Offices.
The plans form part of a programme to transfer almost 40 Post Offices nationwide into private hands and close three more. The Post Office announced today that as part of this process they have identified Crouch End and Muswell Hill and will be “advertising the opportunity for a potential franchise partner to apply to take on the branches”.
In an email to the Chief Executive of the Post Office, Paula Vennells, Catherine West MP said “I am concerned that you have identified Crouch End and Muswell Hill Crown Post Offices for potential franchising as both these Post Offices provide an important service to the community and local businesses and are particularly valued by older and less mobile residents”.
“When we meet, I would be particularly keen to hear why these branches have been identified for potential franchising, how these proposals will impact on the quality and range of service provided and what the impact will be for the staff at both these Crown Post Offices”.