A proposal to franchise the Post Office branches
After public consultations were held on a proposal to shut Essex Road Crown Post Office in N1, it was announced not to go ahead with the closure of this branch for the time being. Discussions with a potential franchise partner continue. After the negotiations, there will be a six week another consultation on a proposal to franchise this Post Office branch.
Other branches in Islington are also set to close as part of the government-backed restructuring passed by Labour MPs. The voice of the campaigners was taken into consideration.
According to a national official of the Communication Workers Union, Andy Furey, franchising can be a big issue if the retailers in other areas take on the Post Office franchise and then shut down, it may cause inconvenience to the community as they will have no access to the services. W14 is the first postcode in London without a post office. It is a warning sign to the government and they will not be able to continue to franchise like this.
Islington Council leader James Kempton claims that there is enough business to sustain a post office. People should not think that franchising this business will not work, he added.