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    17 September 2008
    Decision On The Future Of Post Office® Branches In Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire And South Lincolnshire

Post Office Ltd today announced its decisions on the future of Post Office® branches in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and South Lincolnshire.Following a six-week public consultation (*see Notes to Editors) ending on 26 August 2008, Post Office® services will be provided through a network of 453 branches, which supports the national accessibility criteria introduced by the Government and ensures that 99.3 per cent of the area’s population will either see no change to their existing branch or will remain within one mile (by road distance) of an alternative branch.The plan confirmed today (Wednesday 17 September 2008) means that 64 branches will close in the Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and South Lincolnshire with all changes expected to take place by the end of 2008

Post Office Ltd today announced its decisions on the future of Post Office® branches in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and South Lincolnshire.

Following a six-week public consultation (*see Notes to Editors) ending on 26 August 2008, Post Office® services will be provided through a network of 453 branches, which supports the national accessibility criteria introduced by the Government and ensures that 99.3 per cent of the area’s population will either see no change to their existing branch or will remain within one mile (by road distance) of an alternative branch.

The plan confirmed today (Wednesday 17 September 2008) means that 64 branches will close in the Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and South Lincolnshire with all changes expected to take place by the end of 2008. These branches were detailed in the Area Plan proposal published in July 2008.

The replacement of 16 branches by outreach solutions was also confirmed today.

Four branches originally proposed for closure - Bengeo, 19 Bengeo Street, Hertford, SG14 3ES, Twyford, Main Street, Buckingham, MK18 4EP, West Town, 105 Mayors Walk, Peterborough, PE3 6EY and Whitwell, 62 High Street, Whitwell, Hitchin, SG4 8AG will now remain open following a review of the issues raised during consultation. In addition Great Gransden Post Office® branch, 6-8 Fox Street, Great Gransden, Sandy, SG19 3AA, which was proposed to close and be replaced by an outreach solution, will remain open. We will also be trialling a new form of outlet at Havers Lane, 3 Dean House, Havers Lane, Bishops Stortford, CM23 3GB (*1).

Postwatch, the consumer body representing Post Office® customers, is further reviewing the proposed closures of the following branches: Conniburrow, 258 Conniborrow Bvd, Conniburrow, Milton Keynes, MK14 7AH
Fishermead, Fishermead, Milton Keynes, MK6 2LA Linslade, 33 New Road and Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 2LS

Final decisions about these branches will be announced in the near future.

In order to ensure that the planned future network can be supported by the available funding from Government and meets the criteria it has set, including the requirement that no part of the UK is advantaged or disadvantaged relative to other areas, Post Office Ltd is proposing the closure of the following branches: Cottered, The Village Hall, Cottered, Buntingford, SG9 9QL, Thriplow, 2 Middle Street, Thriplow, Royston, SG8 7RD and Walsworth, 136 Cambridge Road, Hitchin, SG4 0JN. A six-week period of local consultation will be announced shortly. Further information about the consultation will be released at that time.

Full details of the decisions and the issues raised during local public consultation are available by visiting www.postoffice.co.uk/networkchange or by writing to Post Office Ltd at Freepost Consultation Team (no stamp needed) or by emailing consultation@postoffice.co.uk

During the local public consultation, Post Office Ltd received around 7,400 responses and attended 68 meetings with customers and their representatives to understand customers’ concerns and to ensure that all information provided by customers formed part of the final decision regarding each affected branch.

A total of 134 branches in the area are being retained that support the only essential retailer and 221 branches that provide the only access to cash in the respective rural communities they serve.

It is proposed that 26 branches within the area will also have improvement works to better provide disabled access or increase the number of counter positions to ensure there is sufficient capacity.

Laura Tarling, Post Office Ltd’s Network Development Manager for Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and South Lincolnshire said: "These are difficult decisions which have not been taken lightly. We have considered very carefully all the comments made during the public consultation. We believe that the amended plan announced today offers our customers across Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and South Lincolnshire, the best prospect for a sustainable network in the future, bearing in mind the Government’s minimum access criteria and the other factors the Government has asked us to consider."

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Note to Editors

*The six-week public consultation period was extended by a week to take into account the August holiday period.

Post Office® branches in the following parliamentary constituencies are included in the Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and South Lincolnshire area plan:

Bedford, Boston & Skegness, Buckingham, Cambridge, Hertford & Stortford, Hitchen & Harpenden, Huntingdon, Luton North, Luton South, Mid Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes South West, North East Bedfordshire, North East Cambridgeshire, North East Hertfordshire, North East Milton Keynes, North West Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, South Cambridgeshire, South East Cambridgeshire, South Holland & the Deepings, South West Bedfordshire and Stevenage.

The Government criteria:

Nationally:

•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 urban areas across the UK to be within 1 mile of their nearest Post Office® branch.

•95% of the total urban population across the UK to be within 1 mile of their nearest Post Office® branch.

•95% of the total rural population across the UK to be within 3 miles of their nearest Post Office® branch.

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.

The following 64 Post Office® branches will now close as part of the Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and South Lincolnshire area plan:

Brickhill, 103 Brickhill Drive, Bedford, MK41 7QF
Elstow Road, 6 Elstow Road, Bedford, MK42 9LA
Goldington Road, 193 Goldington Road, Bedford, MK40 3EG
Midland Road, 105 Midland Road, Bedford, MK40 1BZ
Springfields, 1 Sringfield Centre, Orchard Street, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 7PR
Brothertoft Road, 33 Brothertoft Road, Boston, PE21 8HD
Drummond Road, 130 Drummond Road, Skegness, PE25 3EP
Sea View Road, 32 Sea View Road, Skegness, PE25 1BT
Wrangle Common, Broadgate, Wrangle Common, Boston, PE22 9DY
Gawcott, c/o Twyford SPSO, Buckingham Road, Gawcott, MK18 4JE
Padbury, The New Inn Filling Station, Winslow Road, Padbury, MK18 2AW
Preston Bissett, White Hart, Pound Lane, Preston Bissett, Buckingham, MK18 4LX
Regent Street, 33 Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1AB
Trumpington Street, 2a Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1QA
Havers Lane, 3 Dean House, Havers Lane, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3PQ (*1 additional outreach trial)
Hertford Heath, 14 London Road, Hertford Heath, Hertford, SG13 7RH
King George Road, 100 King Georges Road, Ware, SG12 7DT
Ware Road, 167 Ware Road, Hertford, SG13 7EQ
Blakes Corner, 99-100 Ickleford Road, Hitchin, SG5 1TL
Hexton, New Cottages, Hexton, Hitchin, SG5 3JD
St Ippolyts, Waterdell Lane, St.Ippolyts, Hitchin, SG4 7RB
Station Road North, 107 Station Road, Harpenden, AL5 4UJ
Great Stukeley, 35 Church Road, Great Stukeley, Huntingdon, PE28 4AL
Atherstone Road, 85 Atherstone Road, Luton, LU4 8QU
Biscot, 84-86 Trinity Road, Luton, LU3 2LP
Biscot Road, 192 Biscot Road, Luton, LU3 1AX
Chapel Langley, 46 Seymour Road, Luton, LU1 3NL
Hightown, 33-35 High Town Road, Luton, LU2 0BW
Slip End, 1 Markyate Road, Slip End, Luton, LU1 4BU
Chalton, 76 Luton Road, Chalton, Luton, LU4 9UG
Stewartby, The Stores, Stewartby, Bedford, MK43 9LJ
Aylesbury Street, 82 Aylesbury Street, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK2 2BA
Water Eaton, 169 Water Eaton Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK2 3AG
Blunham, Pound Cottage, 2-4 Tempsford Road, Blunham, Bedford, MK44 3NU
Kitelands, 25 Kitelands Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8NX
Old Warden, Old Warden, Biggleswade, SG18 9HQ
Ravensden, Corner House, Ravensden Crossroads, Bedford, MK44 2RD
Southill, 55 High Street, Southill, Biggleswade, SG18 9JB
Stevington, 11 Silver Street, Stevington, Bedford, MK43 7QN
Harecroft Road, 93 Harecroft Road, Wisbech, PE13 1RL
St Peters Road, A E Leeson Stores, 62 St Peters Road, March, PE15 9NA
Bramfield, 6 Main Road, Bramfield, Hertford, SG14 2QJ
Wadesmill, 39 Ermine Street, Thundridge, Ware, SG12 0SY
Westmill, Village Stores, Buntingford, SG9 9LG
Little Brickhill, 2 Watling Street, Little Brickhill, Milton Keynes, MK17 9LY
Weston Underwood, Weston Underwood, Olney, MK46 5JS
Woodston, Oundle Road, Peterborough, PE2 9PA
New England, 603-605 Lincoln Road, New England, Peterborough, PE1 3HA
Fen Drayton, Elm Way, High Street, Fen Drayton, Cambridge, CB24 4SJ
Grantchester, 1 Stulpfield Road, Grantchester, Cambridge, CB3 9NL
St Johns, 164 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PB
Hall Street, Soham, Ely, CB7 5BW
Impington, 157 Station Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9NP
St Johns Road, 2 St Johns Road, Ely, CB6 3BD
Lutton, 48 Marriots Gate, Lutton, Spalding, PE12 9HN
Moulton Seas End, The Village Hall, Broadgate Road, Weston Hills, Spalding, PE12 6LD
Weston Hills, Broadgate Road, Weston Hillls, Spalding, PE12 6DP
Eaton Bray, 96 High Street, Eaton Bray, Luton, LU6 2DP
Hockliffe Street, 82 Hockliffe Street, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1HJ
High Street South, 217 High Street South, Dunstable, LU6 3HY
Luton Road, 112-114 Luton Road, Dunstable, LU5 4JW
Bedwell, 121 Bedwell Crescent, Stevenage, SG1 1NA
Benington, Town Lane, Benington, Stevenage, SG2 7BT
Fairlands, 279 Archer Road, Stevenage, SG1 5HF

The following 16 Post Office® Branches are to close and be replaced by an outreach solution:

Gipsey Bridge, The Post Office, Gipsey Bridge, Boston, PE22 7BU
Catworth, 41 High Street, Catworth, Huntingdon, PE28 0PF
Colmworth, 11 Little Staughton Road, Colmworth, Bedford, MK44 2LB
Thurleigh, 1 Church End, Thurleigh, Bedford, MK44 2DA
Upper Dean, Dean Court, Upper Dean, Huntingdon, PE28 0NL
Benwick, 38 High Street, Benwick, March, PE15 0XA
Christchurch, The Village Stores, Church Road, Christchurch, Wisbech, PE14 9PQ
Little Downham, 91 Main Street, Little Downham, Ely, CB6 2SX
Sandon Buntingford, Sandon Village Hall, Payne End, Sandon, Buntingford, SG9 0QU
Great Gidding, MainStreet, Great Gidding, Huntingdon, PE28 5NU
Holme, 13 Station Road, Holme, Peterborough, PE7 3PH
Ramsey St Marys, 171 Hern Street, Ramsey St Marys, Huntingdon, PE26 2SY
Earith, 8 High Street, Earith, Huntingdon, PE28 3PP
Arrington, The Hardwicke Arms Hotel, 96 Ermine Way, Arrington, Royston, SG8 0AH
Elsworth, The Causeway, Elsworth, Cambridge, CB23 4HT
Over, 30 High Street, Over, Cambridge, CB24 5ND

Appendix 1
Outreach Service details:
Current branch address Outreach service point Opening times

The following 16 Post Office® Branches are proposed for replacement by an outreach solution:

Gipsey Bridge Post Office branch
Leagate Road, Gipsey Bridge, Boston, PE22 7BU
Gipsey Bridge Partner Service
Leagate Road, Gipsey Bridge, Boston, PE22 7BU
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri and Sat 8:30 to 17:30
Wed 8:30 to 12:30

Catworth Post Office branch
41 High Street, Catworth, Huntingdon, PE28 0PF
Catworth Mobile Service
On the road outside Catworth Village Hall, Church Road, Catworth, Huntingdon, PE28 0PA
Times and days to be confirmed

Colmworth Post Office branch
11 Little Staughton Road, Colmworth, Bedford, MK44 2LB
Colmworth Mobile Service
Stop 1
Parking space outside Colmworth Village Hall, Church Road, Colmworth, MK44 2JU
Times and days to be confirmed
Stop 2
Layby outside the current branch location, 11 Little Staughton Road, Colmworth, Bedford, MK44 2LB
Times and days to be confirmed

Thurleigh Post Office branch
1 Church End, Thurleigh, Bedford, MK44 2DA
Thurleigh Mobile Service
Thurleigh Village Hall car park, Thurleigh, Bedford, MK44 2DS.
Times and days to be confirmed.

Upper Dean Post Office branch
Dean Court, Upper Dean, Huntingdon, PE28 0NL
Upper Dean Mobile Service
The layby next to Pantiles Cottage, High Street, Upper Dean, Huntingdon, PE28 0ND
Times and days to be confirmed.

Benwick Post Office branch
38 High Street, Benwick, March, PE15 0XA
Benwick Hosted Service
Five Alls Public House, 33 High Street, Benwick, March, PE15 0XA
Times and days to be confirmed.

Christchurch Post Office branch
The Village Stores, Church Road, Christchurch, Wisbech, PE14 9PQ
Christchurch Mobile Service
Dun Cow Public House Car Park, Green Lane, Christchurch, Wisbech, PE14 9JG
Monday to Friday 14:45 to 15:45

Little Downham Post Office branch
91 Main Street, Little Downham, Ely, CB6 2SX
Little Downham
Details to be confirmed.

Sandon Buntingford Post Office branch
Sandon Village Hall, Payne End, Sandon, Buntingford, SG9 0QU
Sandon Buntingford Hosted Service
Sandon Village Hall, Payne End, Sandon, Buntingford, SG9 0QU
Times and days to be confirmed.

Great Gidding Post Office branch
Main Street, Great Gidding, Huntingdon, PE28 5NU
Great Gidding Mobile Service
The layby next to the playing field in Winwick Road, Great Gidding, Huntingdon, PE28 5PB.
Times and days to be confirmed.

Holme Post Office branch
13 Station Road, Holme, Peterborough, PE7 3PH
Holme Mobile Service
The layby outside the current branch location, 13 Station Road, Holme, Peterborough, PE7 3PH.
Times and days to be confirmed.

Ramsey St Marys Post Office branch
171 Hern Street, Ramsey St Marys, Huntingdon, PE26 2SY
Ramsey St Marys Partner Service
171 Herne Road, Ramsey St Marys, Huntingdon, PE26 2SY
Monday to Saturday 9:00 to 17:30

Earith Post Office branch
8 High Street, Earith, Huntingdon, PE28 3PP
Earith
Full details of Earith Outreach service are currently being finalised.

Arrington Post Office branch
The Hardwicke Arms Hotel, 96 Ermine Way, Arrington, Royston, SG8 0AH
Arrington
Full details of Arrington Outreach service are currently being finalised.

Elsworth Post Office branch
The Causeway, Elsworth, Cambridge, CB23 4HT
Elsworth Hosted Service
Elsworth Sports Club, The Pavilion, Broad End, Elsworth, CB23 4JD
Times and days to be confirmed.

Over Post Office branch
30 High Street, Over, Cambridge, CB24 5ND
Over Mobile Service
The parking bay at Over Village Green (near the public phone box), Willingham Road, Over, CB24 5PD.
Times and days to be confirmed.

Additional Outreach outlet

(*1) In addition following the closure of Havers Lane Post Office branch, 3 Dean House, Havers Lane, Bishops Stortford, CM23 3GB, Post Office Ltd will be trialling a new form of outlet for Post Office® services in this community. Further details will be announced as soon as possible.

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