Further consultation on Lenzie Post Office

Jo Swinson MP is calling on local people to give their views on planned changes to Lenzie Post Office which aim to keep the service in the heart of the community.

Lenzie Post Office has been subject to a number of proposed changes in the last year. There are now plans to move the Post Office 20 metres down the road into the Day-Today Express newsagents; a modernised branch with longer opening hours. Jo is calling on local people to give their opinions on these plans so the changes can be scrutinised and important issues like accessibility can be examined.  

The public consultation is open until 19th August and can be found at postofficeviews.co.uk (click on “Comment on a proposed branch change” and type in Lenzie).

Commenting, Jo said:

“The situation with Lenzie Post Office has been rather confusing for residents for over a year now, with various plans put forward I know local people want to see this resolved. Lenzie deserves a well-run, modern and accessible post office, which is what these new proposals hope to achieve. I encourage people to have their say on these important changes by 19th August.”


Update

9 January 2014

Post Office Limited will no longer go ahead with changes to the branch at this time and the branch will continue to operate as it currently does.  I'll post any updates as soon as I'm informed of any decision to make changes to the branch at a later stage.


Have your say on revised plans for the Post Office

Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire is calling on local residents to give feedback on the latest proposed changes to the Lenzie Post Office branch on Kirkintilloch Road. A new operator has been found to take on the branch in its current location and Post Office Ltd would like the branch to convert to one of their new ‘Local’ models in January 2014 which would include changes such as increased hours with the branch open Monday – Saturday from 8:00 – 18:00.

The current Post Office Ltd public engagement process follows their decision not to go ahead with the proposed relocation of the branch to the Scotmid Co-op on Gallowhill Road.

The Post Office would like to hear views on the following:

  • Why do you use the Post Office and what do you like about it?
  • Do you have any comments about the changes to the branch?
  • Do you have any comments about any changes to the opening hours?
  • Do you have any comments about the potential closure period during refurbishment or access to other branches in the area?

The Post Office is accepting comments until 31 December 2013. Correspondence can be sent by post with ‘FREEPOST – Your Comments’ written on the envelope, via email at comments@postoffice.co.uk or using an online form at www.postofficeviews.co.uk and entering the code for the branch 21385599.

Commenting, Jo said:

“There were over 400 responses to the consultation and the overwhelming majority were for the Post Office to stay where it was – in the heart of Lenzie.

“I am delighted that Post Office Ltd has listened to the views of my constituents and has used the findings to find a more suitable solution for Lenzie’s community and the outgoing sub postmaster.

“I encourage any local residents who may have views to send in their comments.”


1st November, 2013

Post Office Limited are in the process of trying to find a suitable replacement as the current subpostmaster has indicated he wanted to step down from running the Lenzie Post Office.  Any new proposal will be subject to consultation unless they find someone to take over the shop in its present location.  Earlier this year local residents welcomed the news that the Lenzie Post Office was going to stay in the heart of the community and not be moved to the Scotmid on Gallowhill Road.

Commenting Jo said:

“There were over 400 responses to the consultation earlier this year and the overwhelming majority were for the Post Office to stay where it is – in the heart of Lenzie.  It is important that Post Office Ltd use the findings from the consultation to find a more suitable response to the current subpostmaster’s wish to leave the business.”


Update from Post Office Ltd

Good news: Post Office Ltd have listened to local residents and will not be moving the Lenzie Post Office to the Scotmid on Gallowhill Road.

In April Post Office Ltd launched a public consultation on their proposal to move the Lenzie Post Office branch into Scotmid on Gallowhill Road. The current owner Jass Toor wants to step down from the business.  There were 400 hundred responses to the consultation with the vast majority opposing the plans.

Local MP Jo Swinson has welcomed Post Office Ltd’s decision not to go ahead with their proposed relocation of the branch in Lenzie. The announcement came today following a public consultation exercise into moving the current branch to the Scotmid on Gallowhill Road in Kirkintilloch.

Commenting as the Member of Parliament for East Dunbartonshire Jo said:

“There were over 400 responses to the consultation and the overwhelming majority were for the Post Office to stay where it was – in the heart of Lenzie.

“I am delighted that Post Office Ltd has listened to the views of my constituents.  There are a lot of elderly people and parents with toddlers in Lenzie who would have found the new location beyond walking distance from the current location.  

“I am sure Post Office Ltd will use the findings from the consultation to look for a more suitable location for Lenzie’s post office.”


Lenzie Post Office consultation extended

Local MP Jo Swinson MP wants Lenzie area residents to be aware of the extension to the Post Office consultation on proposed changes to the branch on Kirkintilloch Road. The consultation will now run until 11 June 2013.  The extension comes after issues surrounding technical and supporting data were highlighted.

The proposal would see the current Post Office branch converted to a new local style branch within the Scotmid Co-op at 6-8 Gallowhill Road. The Post Office is also proposing to extend the opening hours to 06:30-22:00 during the week and 07:00-22:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Post Office would like to hear views on the following:

  • How suitable you think the new location and premises are and how easy is it to get there?
  • Are the new premises easy for you to get into and is the inside easily accessible?
  • Do you have any concerns about the new location?
  • If so, do you have any suggestions which could make it better for you?
  • Any local community issues which you think could be affected by the proposed move
  • Anything you particularly like about the proposed change

The consultation is running from 5 April to 11 June 2013 and correspondence can be sent by post with ‘FREEPOST – Your Comments’ written on the envelope, via email at comments@postoffice.co.uk or using an online form at www.postofficeviews.co.uk  and entering the code for the branch 21385599.

Commenting, Jo said:

“Those who have already input into the consultation do not have to re-submit their information.

“Local residents who may be affected now have even more time to have their voices heard and to take part in the consultation.”


Have your say on the future of the Lenzie post office

Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire is calling on local residents to get involved in a consultation run by the Post Office on proposed changes to the Lenzie branch on Kirkintilloch Road. The Post Office proposals, with the subpostmaster’s agreement, include moving the branch to the Scotmid Co-Op at 6-8 Gallowhill Road, longer opening hours, and improved accessibility. The majority of products and services will still be available.

The proposal will see the current Post Office branch converted to a new local style branch within the Scotmid Co-op. The Post Office is also proposing to extend the opening hours to 06:30-22:00 during the week and 07:00-22:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Post Office would like to hear views on the following:

  • How suitable you think the new location and premises are and how easy is it to get there?
  • Are the new premises easy for you to get into and is the inside easily accessible?
  • Do you have any concerns about the new location?
  • If so, do you have any suggestions which could make it better for you?
  • Any local community issues which you think could be affected by the proposed move
  • Anything you particularly like about the proposed change

The consultation is running from 5 April to 17 May 2013 and correspondence can be sent by post with ‘FREEPOST – Your Comments’ written on the envelope, via email at comments@postoffice.co.uk or using an online form at www.postofficeviews.co.uk and entering the code for the branch 21385599.

Commenting, Jo said:

“The post office is an integral part of community life and so it is vital that the new service meets local needs.

“I encourage local residents who may be affected by the proposed changes to get involved and take part in the consultation.”

Local News Stories

29 March 2013 http://www.kirkintilloch-herald.co.uk/news/local-headlines/plans-to-relocate-lenzie-post-office-to-convenience-shop-1-2865637

8 April 2013 http://www.kirkintilloch-herald.co.uk/news/local-headlines/lenzie-post-office-proposed-move-will-deliver-longer-opening-hours-1-2883081

12 April 2013 http://www.kirkintilloch-herald.co.uk/news/local-headlines/calls-to-keep-lenzie-post-office-central-1-2892857

18 April 2013 http://www.kirkintilloch-herald.co.uk/news/local-headlines/have-your-say-on-proposed-post-office-move-1-2901563

10 May 2013 http://www.kirkintilloch-herald.co.uk/news/local-headlines/consultation-extended-on-plans-to-move-lenzie-post-office-1-2925805

24 May 2013 http://www.kirkintilloch-herald.co.uk/news/local-headlines/lenzie-post-office-move-raised-in-scottish-parliament-1-2943576

15 July 2013 http://www.kirkintilloch-herald.co.uk/news/local-headlines/shop-owners-in-bid-to-keep-post-office-local-1-3001629