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Post Office plans ‘not credible’ – MP

Graham Stuart MP with Councillor Elaine Aird

Local MP Graham Stuart has voiced his concerns over plans to close Beverley’s main Post Office and relocate services to the town’s W H Smith store. He told Beverley FM: “I do not understand how anyone who uses the main Post Office, as I do, could see the queues of people in

there and believe these could be accommodated in W H Smith.” 

He continued: “It does not seem credible and I look forward to seeing what the Post Office has to say. It will take a lot of convincing to make me accept that we can have as good a service in W H Smith, given how important the main Post Office is to the town.”

The planned move was announced last Thursday. The Post Office said it had struck a deal nationally with W H Smith to relocate up to 40 Post Offices into their stores in 2019, and for W H Smith to take over the running, on a franchise basis, of a further 33 Post Offices already sited on

their premises but currently operated directly by the Post Office.

Beverley councillor Elaine Aird, who sits on the town council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, described the decision as “ludicrous”. She told us: “It’s a very busy and well-used facility all day long, with not only residents making use of the many services provided, but the centre of town businesses use it for their banking, franking and parcel requirements. I fail to see how this large volume of work can be carried out in W H Smith which is, after all, a rather small shop.”