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Offline Al

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Re: Post Office
« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2017, 10:13:26 AM »
ridiculous rules? which? that the town council shouldn't subsidise a private business? that the town council shouldn't loose money to provide a service for a private company? if it were a commercially viable venture it would have been picked up and run by someone by now. the people of the town does not support businesses in the town, not enough anyway.
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Re: Post Office
« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2017, 12:03:07 PM »
Al is right. The relevant issue is that PO Ltd and its network of POs and total business undertaken is all shrinking as less stamps are bought and less pensions withdrawn and less other financial transactions occur overall in post Offices. It is a shrinking business, although the folk that take ages to send parcels seem to be increasing and giving a misleading idea that business is increasing. In reality, the process of receiving parcels makes no money compared to the cost of employing people to handle it.

Post Office Ltd started its strategy of reducing the number of post offices, especially sub-POs, and asking other retailers to host a Post Office as a franchisee, during the 1990s.

Typically, the fees that PO Ltd will pay to a franchisee to run a PO is roughly about 75% of the total costs involved and it is calculated as a simple tiny fraction of the takings through the PO tills.  The franchisee is expected to try to recover the loss on running the PO through enticing the same customers to buy other goods and services in the same shop, which is why PO Ltd assumes that only an existing retailer is worth talking to ....
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Re: Post Office
« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2017, 12:09:03 PM »
ridiculous rules? which? that the town council shouldn't subsidise a private business?
And there in lies the answer a privatised PO, no longer a service to the public but a cash cow for investors. The Chief Exec £250.000. per annum, the Financial Director £215,000. per annum, and a board of Directors.
Another publicly owned business sold off to provide a less than adequate service.

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Re: Post Office
« Reply #18 on: December 24, 2017, 08:31:02 AM »
I think it is ridiculous that a town this size, growing all the time, cannot have a small dedicated post office and has to have just a couple of counters at the back of a shop?or a library? or a café? This is what happens when you privatise everything, nothing is for the people any more, it is all for profit of greedy rich people.

Look at what we have had taken from us in recent years, a mninor injury unit, a working GP service, a hospital, a stroke unit, a specials needs dentist, a police station, a good post office in a central location, albeit in a shop,  but at least there were enough counters back then, the town is drowning under new homes, more to come, yet our infrastructure is so minimal is is barely there.

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Re: Post Office
« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2017, 13:04:53 PM »
i remember when everyone that had an interest in westbury, our home town, always resented the fact that money for improvement for our town was being spent elsewhere. Melksham, always a poor relation has come into the 21st century with really credible shops and a market place that at xmas is a sheer delight. Warminster, Devizes,Marlborough, Salisbury, all have their merits, but Westbury appears to be overlooked at every level.
we did not get the Sports Hub, we did not get road relief, we do not have a Post Office fit for purpose, although our town grows with more and more houses. As a result of these houses being built we have to endure a hideous new roundabout placing more traffic to brake, accelerate, brake causing massive vibration for the poor sods that have to live there.
we appear to bottom of any fiscal hand outs, and this has been the case for years....... any reasons why i ask myself, and is there any reason for me to keep my fingers crossed for any improvement in 2018
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Re: Post Office
« Reply #20 on: March 30, 2018, 20:05:21 PM »
I keep seeing comments that suggest no-one knows what is happening about progress towards a new PO in Westbury.

I chair a town council group that is looking into the matter and was dealing with a Post Office Ltd employee who handled the search and approval process. Unfortunately, that person left PO Ltd before Christmas and no-one seems to be available to talk to the town council at all now even though we have said that we might be interested in running a new PO if no-one else does (We cannot work any other way when using public finance ...).

My understanding is that the current position is that an existing business IS now proceeding with an application for a new PO with only 2 counters somewhere in Westbury. I sincerely hope it is in the town centre, but one of the suggested locations from one interested party was on the edge of the town. I don't know where the new location will be.
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Re: Post Office
« Reply #21 on: April 09, 2018, 15:30:28 PM »
I keep seeing comments that suggest no-one knows what is happening about progress towards a new PO in Westbury.

I chair a town council group that is looking into the matter and was dealing with a Post Office Ltd employee who handled the search and approval process. Unfortunately, that person left PO Ltd before Christmas and no-one seems to be available to talk to the town council at all now even though we have said that we might be interested in running a new PO if no-one else does (We cannot work any other way when using public finance ...).

My understanding is that the current position is that an existing business IS now proceeding with an application for a new PO with only 2 counters somewhere in Westbury. I sincerely hope it is in the town centre, but one of the suggested locations from one interested party was on the edge of the town. I don't know where the new location will be.

Thats good news . Lets hope it is in a more conveinent place this time.  Wonder if it 8s in the millhouse cafe opposite morrisons.. thwy have said on their fb page that they will be opening as something more useful.  So sounds good !

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Re: Post Office
« Reply #22 on: July 26, 2018, 13:28:38 PM »
Just read the WHN and seems there is no update on this and a bit of a mystery as to why the advert has disappeared from the Post Office website.
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Re: Post Office
« Reply #23 on: July 26, 2018, 18:12:29 PM »
we must be the largest population in the west without a post Office..... beggars belief
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