A public meeting is being held about the threatened closure of the Western Road Post Office in Hove this evening (Monday 17 August).
The meeting is taking place at the Cornerstone Community Centre in St John’s Church, Palmeira Square, Hove, from 7pm to 8pm.
It will be chaired by Peter Kyle, the Labour MP for Hove.
Three senior managers from the Post Office are expected to attend – public affairs manager Laura Tarling, crown area manager John Taylor and crown cluster manager Matt Maunder.
The meeting could become heated. Residents, many of whom are passionate about saving their local branch, will be meeting post office management for the first time since the proposal was made public.
Some have expressed anger that old people and those with mobility problems will be directed up a steep hill and off direct public transport routes to their nearest alternative post office in Melville Road by the Seven Dials.
The suggestion is regarded as insensitive and impractical.
Paul and Inge Sweetman, who run the neighbouring City Books bookshop, are among those to have campaigned against the proposed closure.
A petition on the 38 Degrees website has attracted almost 2,000 signatures.
The petition says: “Brunswick Town in Hove is a densely populated area and the post office proposed for closure is at the centre of the community, is very well used and has won many awards.
“Post Office Limited states that alternative provision will be accessible to residents but this provision is a mile away up a hill.
“We worry about elderly and infirm residents being able to access the new ‘merged’ post office in Melville Road.
“Our Post Office in Brunswick Town provides an essential public service where people need it and we wholly oppose plans to close it.”