How will disabled people get to new post office?

November 08 2016

CONCERNS over parking have been raised following plans to relocate Kingswood’s Crown Post Office.

CONCERNS over parking have been raised following plans to relocate Kingswood’s Crown Post Office.

The Post Office wants to move the branch in Hanham Road into W H Smith in Kings Chase shopping centre.

But the nearest car park is fee paying with tariffs ranging from 60p for one hour to £5 for four hours or more.

At the moment the charges still apply to Blue Badge holders.

Pensioner Hugh Steele, a volunteer driver for Kingswood Community Transport, said he was concerned how the elderly and disabled would manage.

Hugh, who lives in Longwell Green, said: "People would have to park in one of the free car parks then walk to the shopping centre. That's not an issue if you are fit and mobile but it could be difficult for disabled people or the elderly. I don't see why they should have to pay for car parking."

Currently people visiting the Hanham Road Post Office can park for free at the nearby council-run car parks.

Under the plans, which are part of an ongoing modernisation of the Post Office network, the branch at W H Smith will keep the same services and staff as the Hanham Road branch.

Hours will also remain the same - Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm and Saturdays 9am-12.30pm. If approved, the move will go ahead in February 2017.

Labour councillors said the new location should help increase trade at the shopping centre but hoped free parking for Blue Badge holders could be negotiated.

The sorting and parcel collection office, next to the Hanham Road Post Office, will stay in its existing location.

Post Office spokeswoman Melanie Corfield said: "We have had feedback about car parking which will be carefully considered as part of the consultation process."

MP Chris Skidmore is encouraging residents to have their say about the proposals as part of a consultation by the Post Office.

He said: “I have been assured the same services will be available at the new site and users will be able to park in the multi story car park nearby. Nevertheless I do have concerns that some residents may not see the move as practical.”

The closing date for the consultation is November 16. 

Customers can provide views on the website: postofficeviews.co.uk, by email: comments@postoffice.co.uk, by phone: 03457 22 33 44 (Textphone 03457 22 33 55) and by post: FREEPOST Your Comments

People can also contact Chris Skidmore at 60 High Street, Hanham, BS15 3DR or via chris@chrisskidmore.com