“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.”
Henry Smith: Christmas Card Competition a great success
This year, I once again launched my annual Crawley Christmas card competition, writing to every primary school in town inviting local pupils to submit a design to adorn my official MP Christmas card.
Whenever I visit Crawley schools it’s always fantastic to see the range of artworks on display, and this wonderful quality has been shown again in the entries I’ve received in this year’s card competition.
It’s clear that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Crawley! The entries have really captured the feeling and spirit of the festive season; from vivid drawings of Father Christmas and his sleigh, to Christmas trees and snowmen.
It was extremely difficult to select a winner and the runners-up, and I look forward to congratulating them in person to thank them for their efforts in the coming weeks.
As a token of my gratitude I’ll be taking the winner, runners-up and their families on a personal tour of the Houses of Parliament.
I would like to thank every child that took the time to send me their card design, and wish them and their families a very Merry Christmas!
Henry Smith MP