Thursday, May 30, 2024

New home for the Grays post office

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.”


  1. Would not the old police station/magistrates court been an ideal move for the Post Office then may be other firms might move in to this building.
    Or is this building going the same way as the State Cinema and become another Grays eyesore.
    Another location could have been the closed cafe in the Library, would be more central than having to cross over the rail line.

  2. Blockbusters building – or why not let William Hill or Ladbroke support the Post Office. Maybe backing from WONGA! As you pick up your benefits / pension you could Pawn your Gold as well to make up the cuts shortfall!

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    ‘Reinvention’ plan? It’s been more like a decade of disguised decline

    2000 At the start of the Millennium there were 19,000 post offices. The network has suffered a gradual decline since its peak of 25,000 due to a lack of investment in the branches and infrastructure.

    2003 The Post Office launches the ‘urban reinvention programme’ – a euphemism for axeing 3,000 branches in towns and cities. At the same time it is made harder for post offices to survive with the scrapping of benefits books in favour of direct payments using Post Office card accounts. Benefits books generated an average 40 per cent of branch revenue.

    2006 Post offices lose the right to sell TV licences. Postage stamps are also made available to be bought and printed out online. Post offices already struggling to survive are shut down.

    2007 A fresh closure drive is launched with 2,500 branches targeted. This time the cuts go under the title of ‘Network Change Programme’. Most branches are forced to shut after a six-week ‘consultation’ in which the wishes of the community and most sub-postmasters are ignored. The network of 458 Crown post offices is slashed to 373 in an ‘investment programme’ to ensure no other Crown branches need ever close. Most end up sharing premises with WH Smith stores.

    2010 The Government promises £1.34 billion to keep the network going until 2015. This does not stop branches closing due to tough economic conditions. At least 2,000 branches are put into shops and offer only basic services.

    2013 The Post Office announces plans to shut one in five Crown post offices – to be sold off and put inside shops. At least 70 of the 373 flagship high street branches are set to go. It points to a continued decline of the surviving network of 11,500 branches.


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