South Lakes Labour are delighted at the announcement today by the Post Office that the proposed move of the Kendal Crown Post Office into the town’s WH Smith’s branch will not now go ahead.
Members of the local Labour Party and members of the CWU have fought a strong campaign over recent months to prevent the move on the grounds of the unsuitability of the new location for Post Office users. Thousands of signatures were collected on paper and online petitions which, along with a series of street stalls and campaign days, helped to raise public awareness of what the move would mean. Support for the campaign against the move was also shown by the posters displayed in many shops in the town.
The Labour Party and the CWU have shown strong and united opposition to the franchising of Post Office services in Kendal, which would cause inconvenience to many customers and the loss of jobs within the Post Office itself. In welcoming the announcement of the change of heart, Paul Braithwaite, Chair of South Lakes Labour said, “it is good to see common sense being applied to a decision which was clearly not in the best interest of the town, the Post Office staff or its users.
Kendal people have shown that their Post Office matters to them and that they are not prepared to be walked over by big corporations looking to save money.”
CWU Branch Chair, Lenny Crook said, ” The CWU would like to thank the local Labour Party for joining with us to fight the closure of Kendal Crown Office. It show that when we work together we can achieve great things.”