Changes at Prescot Post Office

By on Monday, March 25, 2013

The Post Office is looking fopost_officer a new retailer to take over its operations in Prescot.

The current shop, on Aspinall Street in the town centre, is one of 370 Crown Post Offices in the UK owned directly by the Post Office, and one of 70 chosen to be taken over by other retailers, due to a nationwide annual loss of £40 million.

There is no possibility of closure, but it’s likely a new owner will mean a change of premises within Prescot.

A Post Office spokesperson said the change “will be subject to a six week public consultation to gather the views of the local community if a retailer is found. We are committed to having a Post Office branch within the area.”

They also said there would be no compulsory redundancies.

The Post Office say they have not yet approached any local retailers about the possibility of a partnership. Rumours of a takeover by Tesco, on Cables Retail Park, are premature, although it makes sense that Tesco would be interested.

What will this mean for Prescot? A move any further towards the retail park would mean losing a major draw to the town centre and risking a further reduction in footfall to Eccleston Street and the Prescot Centre. Remaining in Aspinall Street or moving further into the centre could only be a good thing.

If you have strong views about the proposed changes, you can:

  • Contact Prescot Town Council and your local town councillor
  • Contact Knowsley Council and your local borough councillor
  • Participate in the public consultation (details coming as soon as they’re available)

Local Liberal Democrats have produced a petition, which is available to sign in several town centre shops.

Please note again, however, that according to the Post Office, there are no plans to shut down the Prescot branch, and no retailers, including Tesco, have yet been approached about the possibility of ownership.

Also note that the Royal Mail sorting office is a separate business, and it will remain where it is on the site of the current Post Office.

4 Comments

  1. claire

    Monday, March 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    yet another nail in the coffin for prescot by the big company tesco, whom as we no will take over the post office resite it to somewhere in the tesco store?? has anyone of the powers that be kirkby council oh i mean knowsley council care about the elderly and vulnerable in prescot town centre, the post office provides a service for the elderly with their pensions, they have taken all the shops from prescot as it is and resited then at the bottom on the retail park, image your elderly living near the deanes house having to walk down the hill to get your pension in prescot then walk back up the hill in all weathers??? You want to pull your fingers out of your backside stick up to tescos and regenerate prescot back to the place it was not add another chairty shop , pub or bookies an actual shop were people can buy food!! what happened to the mary portas budget you was given that gone into kirkby or huyton or canny farm?? or for your counicl workers to have a lavish party!!

  2. Gazmo1

    Monday, March 25, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    While it maybe conjecture that Tesco will take over this operation, some might say it is evitable why don’t the local authority think on their feet with this one?

    If Tesco want it, great. We have a massive shopping centre that has rapidly become a big white elephant sat in the centre of our town. Whoever takes it should have the whole lot located in the shopping centre if they want to move it from Aspinall Street.

    Who knows? Maybe the extra traffic in there generated by such a thing might actually benefit businesses that are in the centre and might, just might, attract other business.

    I can dream can’t I?

    RIP Prescot.

  3. Allan

    Monday, March 25, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    As has been said, another nail in the Prescot coffin. The thought of the Post Office situated in Tesco is appalling. Far too much of the retail footfall of the town has migrated already to the retail park and there needs to be a rebalancing. The possible size of any Post Office in Tesco must also be a concern. The present Post Office can be a very busy place – will there be enough staff and “windows” built into a Post Office in Tesco and will there be the necessary privacy for people who may not want ordinary shoppers passing with their trolleys close to where they are conducting private business. Sadly I doubt very much if Knowsley Council, a one party state if ever there was one, will do very much to help. Their contempt for the town is legendary, their under investment a scandal and their attitude contemptible. It is certain they would move heaven and earth to prevent such a course of action in Huyton, Halewood and Kirkby.

  4. Gerry Donnelly

    Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 7:08 am

    The supermarkets have already swallowed up many of our local shops, and most of the petrol stations.Now, it seems likely they are being handed our local Post Office. How can running 370 Post Offices result in an annual loss of £40Million?
    Is this a deal that`s already been done by Royal Mail, under the counter?

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