POST OFFICE FRANCHISING WILL CREATE “PARKING NIGHTMARE”, SAYS MP

22nd September 2017

FEARS OVER COMMUNITY ACCESS AS POLLOCK ST CAR PARK ALREADY OVERFLOWING

Local SNP representatives have this week criticised plans to franchise Motherwell’s Brandon Crown Post Office into Digby’s on Muir Street as the already struggling Pollock Street car park located at its rear would be unable to meet demand.

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, and Motherwell Southeast and Ravenscraig Councillor, Alan Valentine, visited the car park this week after concerns from residents.

There are fears that an overflowing Pollock Street car park would reduce access and the new location would be difficult to reach for elderly and disabled residents.

The plans are currently out to consultation. Members of the public can object by emailing comments@postoffice.co.uk.

Commenting, Marion said:

“Moving the Crown Post Office to Muir Street would create a parking nightmare in the Pollock Street car park.

“Many of those who currently use the car park are commuters using the train, so their cars sit there for long periods of time. Even today, on a holiday Friday, there were people parking on pavements. It is already overflowing.

“Currently, people can use the larger car park located at the other side of the shopping precinct and the surrounding areas. Access would be drastically reduced for the community.

“This is especially true at peak hours in the afternoon when many residents have queued out the door waiting to be served. It is a popular community asset.

“Access for the elderly and people with mobility issues in particular is also a huge concern. For these people, distance makes all the difference.

“We need a community asset to serve the community. Not a managed decline that will result in Tory privatisation.”

Cllr Alan Valentine, a member of the Communication Workers’ Union, added:

“The move would not be a practical option for parking or for any proposed new Post Office.

“The Post Office is fine where it is and it should be left there.”