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Could county council services be offered at Norfolk post offices?

17:11 08 May 2012

Little Walsingham is to lose its post office this month

Little Walsingham is to lose its post office this month

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County councillors are to investigate whether post offices across Norfolk could be used to deliver council services.

With the government recently announcing it would pump £1.3bn into stabilising, improving and extending post office services, the Liberal Democrats at County Hall said it was worth exploring what options might be available for the council to offer services via Norfolk’s post offices.

At a full council meeting today (Tuesday), they put forward a motion that Norfolk County Council’s chief executive David White should investigate the issue.

Marie Strong, deputy leader of the Lib Dem group, said: “Be it a city, urban or rural we all know the importance in practical terms of a neighbourhood post office.

“And I am sure many of us have observed the social interaction which takes place – particularly regarding our mature and less able residents.

“For some it is one, even their only, opportunity to socialise – to feel part of their community – and indeed to seek advice in making transactions from people they know.” She added that, with North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb now having responsibility for post offices as part of his business minister brief, he could be approached for advice on how Norfolk might benefit from the government investment.

However, the Conservative group tabled an amendment to the motion, suggesting the issue should be investigated, but by the authority’s corporate resources overview and scrutiny panel.

Despite the Lib Dems arguing that the amendment, transferring responsibility from the chief executive to councillors, weakened the point of the motion, it was agreed by the council.

6 comments

  • Newsflash, I'm fully aware of what this government is doing and intending to do, the point here , is that nuLabour had already started the ball rolling and you seemed unaware of their privatisation agenda.

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    nrg

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

  • NRG, take a look at what this government is doing. They (lead by Lamb) have completed the privatisation process (most likely sold to a foreign company) while claiming to have saved the Post Office. Do they really think they can have their cake and eat it?

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

  • Newsflash seems to forget that this was all started by the precious administration. As much as we like to think that there is, there is simply not enough work for the Post office in this day and age. What cannot be done online ? Car tax, pensions direct to bank account? e-mail ? Even parcels can be collected at your local petrol station now as well!

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    Responsible parent

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

  • D'oh newsflash, under your old guvnors, nuLabour closed down over 5000 post offices. Whilst mandy was doing his EU bash and silver birch thrashings, he was also busily offering the Royal Mail to the Dutch.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • The best way to improve service is to refuse service to anyone who who wants to pay postage with 2p coins.

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    telawrence

    Sunday, May 13, 2012

  • Marie Strong should know Norman Lamb is too busy privatisating our post service. We won't recognise our Post Offices in 10 years.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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