Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester has expressed concern that the main Crown Post Offices in Crewe and Macclesfield are to close and the service will be moved to a, yet to be named, retailer in the town centres by April 2014.(See below)
He said," I am concerened because the Crown Post offices in the two biggest town centres in Cheshire East are well used and there must be a doubt that a town centre retailer can cope with the additional demand and customers that will result from the transfer. Queues are already a problem at peak times and this can only get worse if post officer users have to compete with shop's existing clientele to get served. Also if the retailer closes down, what happens to the post office? For example, the post office in the Shopping City in Runcorn in Cheshire was moved to W H Smith two years ago and now that W H Smith is closing down and the post office with it. People will have to travel over two miles for an alternative post office. I would not want that to happen in Crewe or Macclesfield. The post office say that existing staff will be protected but it is obviously a matter of great concern because their workplace is being closed down and the terms and conditions of any new role offered are uncertain."