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WHAT DOES THE 'LAST POST' FOR SUB-POST OFFICES MEAN FOR LONDON?

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Has your local post office closed? What impact has such a closure had on your life or business? What services do yo...
Has your local post office closed? What impact has such a closure had on your life or business? What services do you miss? Do you now have to travel further to use the myriad of services offered at the Post Office counter?

The London Assembly is about to start a scrutiny to establish what impact the widespread closure of sub-post offices in recent years has had on the capital's communities and businesses.

As part of this inquiry, the assembly's public services committee would like to hear Londoners' views about how these closures have affected their lives. Assembly members are also interested to find out:

- What role do postmasters play in communities?

- How important are the other services provided by sub-post offices?

- Does the closure of sub-post offices reduce the number of shoppers visiting local high streets?1

Londoners are also welcome to attend a public meeting1 at City Hall at 10am on 21 October to discuss post office closures.

Andrew Pelling, the committee chair said: 'Post offices are at the heart of the community. They're not only important as somewhere people buy stamps, post parcels, collect allowances and tax their cars but also as a focus for local communities. We want to find out exactly what the closures mean to Londoners and whether this is further evidence of the death knell tolling over local high streets and local communities.'

Notes

1. Contact Frank Lee, Committee Coordinator, at frank.lee@london.gov.uk or call him on 020 7983 4420 if you wish to make views known to the committee and/or wish to attend the meeting

3. A report will be published in November 2003

The meeting will be webcast and can be viewed at www.London.gov.uk/assembly/webcasts.jsp

4. The Greater London Authority is run by the mayor who, in turn, is held to account by the London Assembly

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