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VIDEO: Crawley MP takes Post Office proposed move to House Of Commons

Earlier today in the House of Commons, Henry Smith MP questioned proposals put forward by the Post Office to relocate its Crawley site, on The Boulevard in the town centre, to WHSmith in County Mall.

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Henry said;

“I share the concerns put to me by fellow Crawley residents about Post Office’s proposals to move their counters based on The Boulevard, and I’ve already taken part in their consultation<https://www.postofficeviews.co.uk/national-consultation-team/crawley-rh10-1aa-007912/> to formally put these to them directly.

“Access to new Post Office counters at WHSmith would affect those with mobility issues as County Mall has no free disabled parking spaces.

“Royal Mail – which is a separate organisation from Post Office Ltd – own The Boulevard site and after consulting with them they have no plans to leave the existing premises or close their sorting facility there. Therefore I see little practical sense in Post Office moving their presence either.

“In addition to raising this matter with Royal Mail and the Post Office I’ve also written to the Business Minister, Kelly Tolhurst, although ultimately this is a commercial not a Government decision.

“Irrespective of any national agreement which the Post Office and WHSmith may have, moves to relocate a local site need to involve the community in a frank and honest consultation – it’s clear that Crawley isn’t supporting these proposals.”

More news: EXCLUSIVE: Post Office WILL CLOSE whatever consultation says

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Crawley MP welcomes almost £800k investment tackling potholes

Henry Smith MP has welcomed the new funding commitment from the Government to improve the condition of roads across the country – £771,759 will be provided to tackle pot holes in West Sussex.

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This funding has been announced by the Department for Transport as part of a £200 million investment, including £50 million that will be provided directly to councils to address winter damage and flood resilience, as well as £151 million to reward examples of councils’ best practice – helping councils to invest in innovative technology that will improve the conditions of our roads.

Henry said;

“This new funding to tackle potholes and improve the condition of our roads is great news for businesses and people in Crawley who rely on the highway to get to work as well as to visit friends and family.

“This continued focus on improving transport infrastructure across the country will help boost the local economy and helping hard-working people in Crawley.”

This funding has been allocated to councils across the country, including in West Sussex, and is part of the £6.6 billion the Government is providing in the six years to 2021 to improve the state of roads across the country.

The Government are investing in our roads on an unprecedented scale, providing the biggest ever single cash injection to improve England’s roads, investing £29 billion to boost the local economy and help businesses and families reach their destination faster.

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