Dodge city risks

First published in Letters

WHAT bright spark decided to move the main Newport post office from Bridge Street, it’s home for over 30 years, to the beleaguered Kingsway Centre?

Considering the huge amount of money spent on relocating the bus station to reside behind the market, plus the massive overhauling and revamping of the market itself, why on earth move something so pivotal to that area of the town.

The post office was perfectly placed for the elderly to catch the bus into town and walk the short distance to collect their pensions, often shopping at the market afterwards. Are our old folk now supposed to make the marathon walk from the new bus station all the way to the other end of town? The wrong part of town may I add!

I dread to think of vulnerable pensioners wandering around at the bottom end of Commercial Street with newly collected pensions on them. It’s like Dodge City down there. I’d suggest our town planners take a trip to Cwmbran to get some ideas of how to really run a town centre. It’s well laid out and safe. It’s also buoyant with plenty of shops, local traders, and tills happily ringing all day.

S Symonds, Bassaleg

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3:59pm Wed 13 Aug 14

pbhj says...

Post offices are part of a shareholder owned commercial business now. Whilst it would be better planning-wise for the PO to be at Bridge Street I can't see how planners can tell them where to go any more than they can tell any other shop where to go - provided the building has the right category of planning consent (and mind you nothing seems to be done if it doesn't?).

Pensions can be paid direct to a bank account, meaning you can collect your pension from one of the banks on Bridge Street if you need cash.

Planners already decided to move the shopping centre to Spytty. If/when "Friar's Walk" opens then JFS is going to be vying to be the shopping centre again and so it seems that the PO owners have moved with that in mind?
Post offices are part of a shareholder owned commercial business now. Whilst it would be better planning-wise for the PO to be at Bridge Street I can't see how planners can tell them where to go any more than they can tell any other shop where to go - provided the building has the right category of planning consent (and mind you nothing seems to be done if it doesn't?). Pensions can be paid direct to a bank account, meaning you can collect your pension from one of the banks on Bridge Street if you need cash. Planners already decided to move the shopping centre to Spytty. If/when "Friar's Walk" opens then JFS is going to be vying to be the shopping centre again and so it seems that the PO owners have moved with that in mind? pbhj
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9:59am Thu 14 Aug 14

Severn40 says...

pbhj wrote:
Post offices are part of a shareholder owned commercial business now. Whilst it would be better planning-wise for the PO to be at Bridge Street I can't see how planners can tell them where to go any more than they can tell any other shop where to go - provided the building has the right category of planning consent (and mind you nothing seems to be done if it doesn't?).

Pensions can be paid direct to a bank account, meaning you can collect your pension from one of the banks on Bridge Street if you need cash.

Planners already decided to move the shopping centre to Spytty. If/when "Friar's Walk" opens then JFS is going to be vying to be the shopping centre again and so it seems that the PO owners have moved with that in mind?
This is partially incorrect. Post Office Ltd is separate from Royal Mail and remains 100% owned by the Government. (In fact, Royal Mail still is owned 30% by the Government as well). Having said that the Post Office has to be operated on commercial lines. I suspect, the Post Office was given a good deal by the Kingsway Centre with a period of no rent by the Kingsway Centre.

In terms of benefits and pensions, the numbers of people collecting money over the counter is small. Nevertheless, it is an important service for those individuals.
[quote][p][bold]pbhj[/bold] wrote: Post offices are part of a shareholder owned commercial business now. Whilst it would be better planning-wise for the PO to be at Bridge Street I can't see how planners can tell them where to go any more than they can tell any other shop where to go - provided the building has the right category of planning consent (and mind you nothing seems to be done if it doesn't?). Pensions can be paid direct to a bank account, meaning you can collect your pension from one of the banks on Bridge Street if you need cash. Planners already decided to move the shopping centre to Spytty. If/when "Friar's Walk" opens then JFS is going to be vying to be the shopping centre again and so it seems that the PO owners have moved with that in mind?[/p][/quote]This is partially incorrect. Post Office Ltd is separate from Royal Mail and remains 100% owned by the Government. (In fact, Royal Mail still is owned 30% by the Government as well). Having said that the Post Office has to be operated on commercial lines. I suspect, the Post Office was given a good deal by the Kingsway Centre with a period of no rent by the Kingsway Centre. In terms of benefits and pensions, the numbers of people collecting money over the counter is small. Nevertheless, it is an important service for those individuals. Severn40
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9:45pm Mon 18 Aug 14

pbhj says...

The Post Office - according to its website - is a shareholder owned commercial business; the structure is made entirely opaque of course - http://corporate.pos
toffice.co.uk/access
-information.

Yes, the shareholder is the Shareholder Executive (I'd never heard of them) and so effectively it's government controlled.
The Post Office - according to its website - is a shareholder owned commercial business; the structure is made entirely opaque of course - http://corporate.pos toffice.co.uk/access -information. Yes, the shareholder is the Shareholder Executive (I'd never heard of them) and so effectively it's government controlled. pbhj
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