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Bengeworth Post Office Closure

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Bengeworth Post Office faces closure

Bengeworth Post Office needs your support to keep it open, the reasons for the closure are look very much like accet stripping and will leave Bengeworth in Evesham and several thousand other comumites stripped of a national institution that is networked so well that thousands of companies are the envy of it and can only try in vein to replicate it, and why ? because it is the perfect platform to sell nationwide on a street level and the report fails to see that it is the products need too change not the shop and then a proper change will happen and also growth but still keep Bengewortrh Post Office and the others that face closure.

The Post Office Reoprt says...


The Government has recognised that fewer people are using Post Office® branches, partly
because traditional services, including benefit payments and other services are now available in
other ways, such as online or directly through banks. It has concluded that the overall size and
shape of the network of Post Office® branches (“the Network”) needs to change.
In May 2007, following a national public consultation, the Government announced a range of
proposed measures to modernise and reshape the Network and put it on a more stable footing
for the future. A copy of the Government’s response to the national public consultation (“the
Response Document”) can be obtained at www.berr.gov.uk/consultations/page36024.html.
Post Office Limited has now put in place a Network Change Programme (“the Programme”) to
implement the measures proposed by the Government. The Programme will involve the
compulsory compensated closure of up to 2,500 Post Office® branches (out of a current Network
of 14,000 branches), with the introduction of about 500 service points known as “Outreaches” to
mitigate the impact of the proposed closures. Compensation will be paid to those
subpostmasters whose branches are compulsorily closed under the Programme.
To support the necessary changes to the Network and put it on a more stable footing and to
support the reshaped Network of the future, the Government has proposed an investment of up
to £1.7bn as a funding package.
The majority of Post Office® branches - more than 80% - will not change as a result of the
Programme. Post Office Limited is seeking to implement those changes that do take place as
efficiently and sensitively as possible.
One of the key ways in which Post Office Limited will make sure that people continue to have the
best possible access to Post Office® services is by applying the minimum access criteria prescribed
by the Government in the Response Document:

• 99% of the UK population to be within 3 miles and 90% of the population to be within 1
mile of their nearest Post Office® branch.
• 99% of the total population in deprived urban1 areas across the UK to be within 1 mile of
their nearest Post Office® branch.
• 95% of the total urban2 population across the UK to be within 1 mile of their nearest Post
Office® branch.
• 95% of the total rural3 population across the UK to be within 3 miles of their nearest Post
Office® branch.

1 Deprived urban – The most disadvantaged urban parts of the UK based on the Indices of Multiple
Deprivation (top 15% Super Output Areas in England, 15% of Data Zones in Scotland and 30% of Super
Output Areas in Wales and Northern Ireland).
2 Urban – A community with 10,000 or more inhabitants in a continuous built up area.
3 Rural – A community not covered by the definition of Urban above.
In addition, for each individual postcode district:
• 95% of the population of the postcode district to be within 6 miles of their nearest Post
Office® branch.

Changes to the Network can only take place within the prescribed access criteria.
In order to deliver the changes set out in the Response Document, Post Office Limited has divided
the UK into 47 areas (“Areas”). For each of these Areas Post Office Limited will develop a local area
plan proposal (“Area Plan Proposal”) which will set out the changes that it proposes to make within
it. The Area Plan Proposal for Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands has been
developed and in this booklet you will find information on the changes proposed for
Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Full details of the Area Plan Proposal for
Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands are available on our website
www.postoffice.co.uk/networkchange or by contacting us at the address given below.
When developing the Area Plan Proposal for Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the West
Midlands, Post Office Limited analysed a number of factors. These included the proximity of the
Post Office® branches proposed for closure to other nearby branches, the number of customers
currently using a particular Post Office® branch, the size and ability of nearby branches to absorb
extra customers, and the commercial implications of any decision for Post Office Limited.
Post Office Limited has also taken into account obstacles such as rivers, mountains and valleys,
motorways and sea crossings to islands in order to avoid undue hardship to customers. In
addition, the availability of public transport, alternative access to key Post Office® services (such as
cash withdrawals, bill payments, mail services), local demographics and the impact on local
economies have all been considered. Post Office Limited has sought information from a number
of external organisations and people, including subpostmasters, local authorities and regional
development agencies to assist with this process.
Postwatch, the independent consumer watchdog for postal services, has worked with us in
assessing the options for change during the period leading up to the publication of the Area Plan
Proposal. Post Office Limited has also engaged with other stakeholders, including relevant MPs.
Local Public Consultation
Each Area Plan Proposal is subject to local public consultation to ensure that the views of local
people are taken into account before any final decisions are made by Post Office Limited.
The local public consultation on the Area Plan Proposal for Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the
West Midlands will commence on 27 August 2008.
The local public consultation will last for a period of six weeks and the closing date for feedback is
7 October 2008. Please send your views and comments in writing regarding access to future Post
Office® services in this Area to the address detailed below (payment of postage is not required to
a Freepost address). Please note that your comments will not be kept confidential unless you
expressly ask us to do so by clearly marking them ‘In Confidence’.

Mark Partington
Network Development Manager
C/o National Consultation Team
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Customer Helpline: 08457 22 33 44
What a load of rubbish, write too him and tell him so as well if you can, the writer of this report would clearly sell their granny to make a fast buck instead of seeing the potential of well position experianced outlet that is cherished by so many and would reach more if they were management of vision.

What can you do?
There has been a petition set up on the house of commopns website 

This has been set up by a group on facebook called


If your on facebook you can show your support see how much feeling there is within the community to save Bengewoth Post Office in Evesham.

Meet others who suppot the saving of Bengeworth Post Office:

20th September 2.00p.m. starting from the Talbot in Port Street and going down Port St and up to the Market Square. If any one can help with the use of a Mini bus to relay the ones that can't walk both ways, back to Bengeworth, it would be a great help!!!

There are heaps of folks that can help influence the decision but only with your help:

  1. FREEPOST CONSULTATION TEAM (This is the full address)
  2. Peter Luff MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
  3. Emma Stokes ( Local Councillor) Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive,Pershore, Worcs WR10 1PT
  4. Martin King ( Local Councillor) Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive,Pershore, Worcs WR10 1PT
  5. Bengeworth County Councillors,County Hall, Spetchley Rd, Worcester. WR5 2NP
  6. The Editor, Evesham Observer,7 King Charles Court, Evesham, WR11 4RF
  7. The Editor, Evesham Journal, Sapphire House, Crab Apple Way, Vale Park, Evesham WR11 1GP
  8. Vernon Powell, Chairman, VECTA,C/o Vale Kitchens, 54 Cheltenham Rd, Evesham. WR11 2JZ


If you have anything to add please feel free to say what you feel about this closure and any ideas to save it.


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