Supermarkets urged to take on Post Office

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SUPERMARKETS in Summertown are being called on to seize the opportunity of resinstating a post office in South Parade during the next year.

Residents have been campaigning for the return of a post office since their branch in the then Martin’s newsagents – now Costa Coffee – closed four years ago.

On Tuesday, the Post Office gave its clearest indication yet at a public meeting that it was hoping to reinstate a service for Summertown.

Its stakeholder manager Laura Tarling said: “We have been looking very closely at the possibility of a new post office service.

“We are interested in any local business which wants to take on a post office service and we would be interested in talking to existing businesses or new ones.”

She explained that three or four in the area had been approached but had turned down the opportunity of running a service for a “variety of reasons”. Ms Tarling refused to reveal the identity of the businesses approached.

But she said a location would probably have to be found “within the next 12 months”.

Liberal Democrat city councillor for Summertown Jean Fooks said: “I know the Post Office has been talking to businesses in Summertown and so far nobody has been willing to take it on and it doesn’t look like it will be possible to have it in the library.

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“All we can do is keep asking businesses in the area to think hard about giving up a bit of their floor space for it. It would probably increase their footfall and it wouldn’t be a huge amount of space.

“Some time ago the Post Office wasn’t even sure there was demand for one so we have to be thankful for the fact they are now interested.”

Former journalist Richard Davy, 82, who lives with wife Regine, 71, in Hamilton Road, Summertown, was one of the residents who attended the meeting.

He said: “I think it would be an excellent idea to have a post office in one of the supermarkets.

“You can do a lot online these days but there are still quite a lot of people who don’t have computers and they rely on the services the Post Office provides.

“It’s absurd that a community the size of Summertown doesn’t have its own post office branch.”

Yesterday, the Oxford Mail approached all four supermarkets along the Banbury Road – Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer and The Co-operative.

Last night Marks and Spencer said it was not interested in having a post office in its store. The other supermarkets did not respond.

Last year more than 500 people signed a petition calling for a post office in Summertown Library.

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7:21pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Oxonian says...

The report says: "SUPERMARKETS in Summertown are being called on to seize the opportunity of resinstating a post office in South Parade during the next year".

What on earth has South Parade got to do with it? There wasn't a post office there to reinstate, and all the supermarkets are in Banbury Road.
The report says: "SUPERMARKETS in Summertown are being called on to seize the opportunity of resinstating a post office in South Parade during the next year". What on earth has South Parade got to do with it? There wasn't a post office there to reinstate, and all the supermarkets are in Banbury Road. Oxonian

8:39pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Discerning1 says...

Hm, well there used to be one in North Parade - not exactly Summertown, but hey, maybe they got mixed up.
Hm, well there used to be one in North Parade - not exactly Summertown, but hey, maybe they got mixed up. Discerning1

8:40pm Fri 9 Nov 12

H.J.Harris says...

Good luck getting Tesco to take on the Post Office. They took over another chain and declined to continue having a sub Post Office in two stores in Witney, neither reopened anywhere else.
Good luck getting Tesco to take on the Post Office. They took over another chain and declined to continue having a sub Post Office in two stores in Witney, neither reopened anywhere else. H.J.Harris

1:05am Sat 10 Nov 12

Myron Blatz says...

Get ya facts right 'Oxonian' - in addition to the sub-post office where Costa now drains people's purses, there used to be a sub post office on the corner of South Parade and Middle Way for several years, about a decade ago. As for the supermarkets, maybe Oxford City Council should have made it part of the planning application before swamping Surmmertown with yet more supermarkets - none of which are likely to give up valuable retail space which can be used to sell booze and fags, just for a service which the public actually needs and wants in the area! As for the Post Office and Post Office Counters, they should be made by Law to provide post offices within communitues - only the Tory-led Government only likes to cut public services, and the previous Labour jokers under 'dithering Brown' and 'man-with-two-faces' Blair did even less to save our post offices.
Get ya facts right 'Oxonian' - in addition to the sub-post office where Costa now drains people's purses, there used to be a sub post office on the corner of South Parade and Middle Way for several years, about a decade ago. As for the supermarkets, maybe Oxford City Council should have made it part of the planning application before swamping Surmmertown with yet more supermarkets - none of which are likely to give up valuable retail space which can be used to sell booze and fags, just for a service which the public actually needs and wants in the area! As for the Post Office and Post Office Counters, they should be made by Law to provide post offices within communitues - only the Tory-led Government only likes to cut public services, and the previous Labour jokers under 'dithering Brown' and 'man-with-two-faces' Blair did even less to save our post offices. Myron Blatz

9:04am Sat 10 Nov 12

Discerning1 says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Get ya facts right 'Oxonian' - in addition to the sub-post office where Costa now drains people's purses, there used to be a sub post office on the corner of South Parade and Middle Way for several years, about a decade ago. As for the supermarkets, maybe Oxford City Council should have made it part of the planning application before swamping Surmmertown with yet more supermarkets - none of which are likely to give up valuable retail space which can be used to sell booze and fags, just for a service which the public actually needs and wants in the area! As for the Post Office and Post Office Counters, they should be made by Law to provide post offices within communitues - only the Tory-led Government only likes to cut public services, and the previous Labour jokers under 'dithering Brown' and 'man-with-two-faces' Blair did even less to save our post offices.
"... there used to be a sub post office on the corner of South Parade and Middle Way for several years, about a decade ago."
So there did.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Get ya facts right 'Oxonian' - in addition to the sub-post office where Costa now drains people's purses, there used to be a sub post office on the corner of South Parade and Middle Way for several years, about a decade ago. As for the supermarkets, maybe Oxford City Council should have made it part of the planning application before swamping Surmmertown with yet more supermarkets - none of which are likely to give up valuable retail space which can be used to sell booze and fags, just for a service which the public actually needs and wants in the area! As for the Post Office and Post Office Counters, they should be made by Law to provide post offices within communitues - only the Tory-led Government only likes to cut public services, and the previous Labour jokers under 'dithering Brown' and 'man-with-two-faces' Blair did even less to save our post offices.[/p][/quote]"... there used to be a sub post office on the corner of South Parade and Middle Way for several years, about a decade ago." So there did. Discerning1

3:45am Sun 11 Nov 12

Pavinder Msvarensy says...

Also Myron in addition to the post office, the co-op was also on south Parade until Budgens sold out and they moved into their store on Banbury Road. I cannot understand any business owner not wanting a P.O. in their shop as it would increase the number of potential customers massively.
Also Myron in addition to the post office, the co-op was also on south Parade until Budgens sold out and they moved into their store on Banbury Road. I cannot understand any business owner not wanting a P.O. in their shop as it would increase the number of potential customers massively. Pavinder Msvarensy

3:48am Sun 11 Nov 12

Pavinder Msvarensy says...

Sorry I meant "small business owner" I can understand M&S, Tesco etc not needing one
Sorry I meant "small business owner" I can understand M&S, Tesco etc not needing one Pavinder Msvarensy

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