Sutton and Cheam MP Paul Burstow takes fight to save post office to Parliament

Paul Burstow MP for Sutton and Cheam outside the post office

Paul Burstow MP for Sutton and Cheam outside the post office

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An MP has taken his fight to save the St Nicholas Centre post office to Parliament.

Sutton and Cheam MP Paul Burstow led a debate on Tuesday to raise concerns over Post Office threats to close their branch in the Sutton town centre shopping precinct.

Elderly and disabled residents are concerned about the long uphill walk to the next-closest post office, in Grove Road, if the St Nicholas Centre branch is closed.

High Street business owners, who rely on St Nicholas Centre’s location, are also worried they will lose easy access to postal services.

Paul Burstow MP voiced his constituents’ concerns on the floor and said: “The Post Office is putting its own concerns ahead of the needs of the community, and causing the maximum amount of inconvenience for the maximum number of people.

“The St Nicholas Centre post office is vital to the Sutton community. Its closure would harm local businesses that depend on its services, and disrupt the lives of residents on a broad scale.”

MP Matthew Hancock, minister of state for skills and enterprise assured Mr Burstow no final decisions had been made and the Post Office was open to discussions on the matter.

Mr Burstow is urging people to continue making their voices heard by taking part in the Post Office’s online consultation postofficeviews.co.uk or sign his petition at paulburstow.org.uk


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6:37pm Fri 28 Feb 14

ResidentTony says...

Sutton definitely needs to keep its second town centre post office. Among many reasons for this include the fact that Sutton is one of the eleven major metropolitan centres identified in the London Plan; Sutton's facilities need to reflect this.
Sutton definitely needs to keep its second town centre post office. Among many reasons for this include the fact that Sutton is one of the eleven major metropolitan centres identified in the London Plan; Sutton's facilities need to reflect this. ResidentTony
  • Score: 8

7:04pm Fri 28 Feb 14

AndyLikeGandhi says...

if both he and Tom Brake combined can't save St Helier's essential facilities, I don't hold out much hope of him keeping a Post Office. It doesn't seem that he has much clout in Parliament, to be honest.
if both he and Tom Brake combined can't save St Helier's essential facilities, I don't hold out much hope of him keeping a Post Office. It doesn't seem that he has much clout in Parliament, to be honest. AndyLikeGandhi
  • Score: 10

8:50pm Fri 28 Feb 14

ResidentTony says...

I don't think it's *Game Over* yet re St Helier.
I don't think it's *Game Over* yet re St Helier. ResidentTony
  • Score: 5

5:50am Sat 1 Mar 14

Binsanity says...

ResidentTony wrote:
I don't think it's *Game Over* yet re St Helier.
To true it's far from over re St Helliers. I would strongly recommend a huge turnout for;
"A discussion on St Heliers at Civic Centre, Morden, Thursday March 13th @ 7.30pm. Speakers to be announced and questions from the floor".
If for any reason, disability or safety, any one feels they cannot attend, I have room for three in my vehicle and would ensure door to door, if this helps please let me know.
Let's put them straight once and for all. HANDS OFF OUR HOSPITAL.
[quote][p][bold]ResidentTony[/bold] wrote: I don't think it's *Game Over* yet re St Helier.[/p][/quote]To true it's far from over re St Helliers. I would strongly recommend a huge turnout for; "A discussion on St Heliers at Civic Centre, Morden, Thursday March 13th @ 7.30pm. Speakers to be announced and questions from the floor". If for any reason, disability or safety, any one feels they cannot attend, I have room for three in my vehicle and would ensure door to door, if this helps please let me know. Let's put them straight once and for all. HANDS OFF OUR HOSPITAL. Binsanity
  • Score: 4

11:16am Tue 4 Mar 14

Marie from Sutton says...

Hello ! The post office is now a private company, sold off by our own government.
The post office can do as they like so, no, no hope of keeping it open as it is all about PROFIT, PROFIT from now on.
Hello ! The post office is now a private company, sold off by our own government. The post office can do as they like so, no, no hope of keeping it open as it is all about PROFIT, PROFIT from now on. Marie from Sutton
  • Score: 0

1:53pm Tue 4 Mar 14

LiberalsOut says...

Good to see "Mr Photo Opportunity" has not missed another chance to get his face in the paper
Pity he cannot apply the same effort to the St Helier campaign
Good to see "Mr Photo Opportunity" has not missed another chance to get his face in the paper Pity he cannot apply the same effort to the St Helier campaign LiberalsOut
  • Score: 1

6:15pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Giles C says...

ResidentTony wrote:
Sutton definitely needs to keep its second town centre post office. Among many reasons for this include the fact that Sutton is one of the eleven major metropolitan centres identified in the London Plan; Sutton's facilities need to reflect this.
Don't worry Tony it won't if Burstow is involved..he is like an Albatross..
[quote][p][bold]ResidentTony[/bold] wrote: Sutton definitely needs to keep its second town centre post office. Among many reasons for this include the fact that Sutton is one of the eleven major metropolitan centres identified in the London Plan; Sutton's facilities need to reflect this.[/p][/quote]Don't worry Tony it won't if Burstow is involved..he is like an Albatross.. Giles C
  • Score: 0

4:00pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Goat1964 says...

Paul Burstow and his wife Mary or whatever her name is have become a very sad joke in this area! It's time for residents to not be paying for these people to sit in am office to do nothing and decided what we need
In our own area. We have busses who exceed the speed limit and Nonsuch girls school who do not understand the new light system at the lights of Cheam road and Ewell road with at least 3 cars jumping red lights every time I cross the road on a green pedestrian llight. Get a grip on the real world
Paul Burstow and his wife Mary or whatever her name is have become a very sad joke in this area! It's time for residents to not be paying for these people to sit in am office to do nothing and decided what we need In our own area. We have busses who exceed the speed limit and Nonsuch girls school who do not understand the new light system at the lights of Cheam road and Ewell road with at least 3 cars jumping red lights every time I cross the road on a green pedestrian llight. Get a grip on the real world Goat1964
  • Score: 0

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