STRAIGHT TALK: Post Office situation a farce for Spalding

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EMBATTLED deputy PM Nick Clegg’s attempt to rescue his last remaining shreds of reputation came last week with a plea to stand up for “alarm clock Britain”.

EMBATTLED deputy PM Nick Clegg’s attempt to rescue his last remaining shreds of reputation came last week with a plea to stand up for “alarm clock Britain”.

Presumably that will involve passing a law that requires the signal to be boosted on the shockingly poor radios inside the little things which mean you are always shaken from your slumber at a miserable hour by a crackly version of Rihanna. I’d back that.

But while “alarm clock Britain” is actually a frankly appalling slogan, politicians like Clegg might be better served listening to the folk that I am, for the purposes of a neat link call “alarm bells Britain”.

That’s those of you who can see through the torrent of waffle and bluster fed out by PR people and understand the truth behind the spin.

Hot on the heels of the “we will consult you over the St Guthlac School but we want to close it any way-gate” comes the unravelling saga of the Post Office in Spalding town centre.

Back in November the Co-op announced that it was moving in February but that it wanted to try to keep running the town’s main Post Office branch, either at the Winsover Centre (preferably not in the middle of someone elses shop) or elsewhere in the town.

The Post Office said it would prefer to consider its options.

A suitably vague phrase that many of our readers, the fully paid up members of the alarm bells brigade no less, feared would mean the town centre would be without a Post Office (and one that seems to have a permanent queue at that).

They assured us they did intend to find somewhere - even to the point of moving before a consultation with the public had end (moving the Post Office is only an operational matter apparently, not something for us to worry about then).

But, alas no. They now admit they won’t find somewhere in time and the town will be without its main branch for, well who knows how long for.

The Co-op offer is still on the table (see page 3) – even if a Post Office statement this week tried to say they did not wish to renew their contract.

A rumoured bid by the council to take it into its Priory Road HQ seems dead in the water too - it looks like the cost of taking on the franchise is a tad prohibitive. I can’t really see why they don’t take the offer on the table from the Co-op.

The alarm bells set fear this is a back door way of shutting the main branch for good. The Post Office says that’s not right and they are still looking for suitable sites. Time will tell.

In the meantime good luck to anyone who wants to descend on the Matmore Gate, Little London and Pinchbeck branches. It’s no fun for the staff caught in the middle of this either, they deserve better.