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John Kent angry as plans for post office don’t deliver

THE LEADER of Thurrock Council says he is “disappointed” that plans for the future of the Grays Post Office have hit snags.

But, speaking on Tuesday (23 April), Cllr John Kent said: “I am disappointed that it seems there are new problems over the longer-term future of the Post Office.

“We are working closely with everyone involved and make sure local people are kept in the loop about what is happening.”

He said he had been told the bidders wanting to run the Post Office had pulled out last week, citing commercial reasons.

Cllr Kent said: “I have been assured the present temporary arrangements will continue as long as the Grays Shopping Centre allows the interim use and that the franchise will be re-advertised as quickly as possible.”

He said he had also sought re-assurances about the Post Office’s commitment to Grays and “expressed my disappointment we still have no permanent solution”.

The Leader added: “I have told officers to liaise directly with the Post Office and to provide whatever support we can, such as selling the positive growth story of the town; working to generate interest with local retailers; and any possible business rate incentives that might be possible.

“I am committed to keeping the Post Office open and running normally in Grays, we will continue to push them hard to secure a permanent solution.”

2 COMMENTS

  1. I do wish John Kent would stop whinging about Post Offices.

    I recall when he was Leader of the opposition he castigated the Conservative run Council for not following Essex County Council’s lead and take over the running of another Post Office in his ward that was earmarked for closure.

    Now John Kent has his hands on the leavers of power and runs the show why doesn’t Thurrock Council run the Post Office? The idea location would be the cashiers office in the Civic Offices that I believe are closed down.

    The Localism Act 2011 gives Thurrock Council the power to take over and run a Post Office. Thurrock Council has the space to locate a Post Office to the Council Offices in New Road.

    So less whinging and some action. And no excuses about lack of funds as you are always boasting about how much reserves you have built up. And if the Post Office is a viable business you will make a profit.

    He wants officers to tell some stories about Grays. Better still to show some leadership and take some radical action for Thurrock Council to take over the running of this Post Office.

    After all when Labour was in opposition you demanded the Conservatives do this. You are now in power so what is stopping you?

  2. Does John Kent read the comments on Yourthurrock?!

    http://www.thurrock.gov.uk/news/content.php?page=story&ID=4789

    New home for Post Office

    Tuesday, 11 June 2013

    Thurrock Council’s Leader has congratulated senior officers and post office officials for finding a temporary solution keeping the service in Grays.

    Cllr John Kent said: “The council and the Post Office have been working closely together to try and secure its long-term future in Grays.

    “It is a very complex situation, but the council has offered Grays Post Office a home for six to 12 months until we can get a permanent solution.”

    He said: “We’ve offered the former cashiers area on the ground floor of the Civic Offices – it’s not ideal, but it is far better than losing the service altogether.”

    From Monday, 24 June, Post Office services will be based in the New Road Civic Offices. Opening times will be 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am to 1pm on Saturdays.

    Cllr Kent said: “Over the coming months we’ll keep talking with the Post Office, Grays Shopping Centre and others in and around the town to find a permanent home

    “Last month I said we’d provide as much support as we could and that I was committed to ‘keeping the Post Office open and running normally in Grays’ and that’s what we have done.”

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