Solution is on the doorstep
A significant proportion of the post office s customers are from the needy part of our community, and so moving the post office to a site that is not near to main bus stops and other shops is likely to inconvenience them more than others. There is no doub
A significant proportion of the post office's customers are from the needy part of our community, and so moving the post office to a site that is not near to main bus stops and other shops is likely to inconvenience them more than others.
There is no doubt that the freeholders of the current site will sell the old building for the development of luxury flats, which is why they would like the Post Office to vacate the building.
A simple solution to maintaining a convenient site for the post office would be for NHDC and LGCHF to enforce a development planning condition, whereby the developers must also construct a retail site on the dead space to the right hand side of the current old building, and provide this site for Post Office use at very low or no rental fee.
This condition would save the less well-off and elderly of Letchworth a major detour to the bottom of Station Road. The cost of building a subsidized ground floor retail unit would easily be offset by the development profits to be made from the flats.
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PHIL SORSKY, Broadway, Letchworth GC
* As landlords of 48-52 Leys Avenue we wish to thank Anne McMeakin for her offer of our premises at 50 Leys Avenue to the Post Office.
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May we firstly put right some inaccuracies and misinformation. Until April 2006 we were running at 70% occupancy, when Daisies coffee shop's tenants came to the end of their tenancy and decided not to continue. It was necessary to strip out this unit and we have at great expense refitted ready for a new café/tearoom tenant. We are currently sorting through the 20 or so enquiries for these premises. We are sure the other businesses at The Rendezvous - Tuscany Fine Art, Grace Swimwear and Lingerie, the Chiropody Surgery, Gallimaufrey Books and Kitchens by Planfit - are all looking forward to it reopening. The front shop became vacant at the end of last week, we are not expecting it to take long to let, however it has only been vacant for seven days, so please give us a chance.
Although we agree with those that think the post office should stay where it is, the premises here at 50 Leys Avenue would not be suitable structurally. It is a Grade II listed building. We do have three small empty units available; again these could not be altered to meet the security requirements that a post office must need.
It seems to us that the Post Office is not looking for alternative premises to make life easier for its customers. It wants to cause you inconvenience so you will switch to using the internet, then they will cut their overheads by cutting staffing levels, sell off all their real estate (often in prime locations) and make loads of money for their shareholders.
AUDREY POYNTER, The Rendezvous, Leys Avenue, Letchworth GC