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There is a question mark over the future of Kings Heath Post Office - but is it a threat? What do you think?
It has been chosen as one of the Crown Branches where the Post Office is seeking a retail partner - but they say there are no plans to close it.
Has Kings Heath Post Office been chosen for this plan because bosses think it has no real future? Or has Kings Heath been chosen because it is so well-used and so could be more profitable in a programme to reduce what are claimed as £40m losses?
Could a 'retail partner' with a better idea of customer service actually deliver improvements? Such as Sunday and late night opening (like the town centre supermarkets) - or the chance to collect parcels in a more convenient location than the trek to Howard Road which is only open a few hours and where parking is always difficult?
Having a Crown Post Office is not only important for all those extra services - like car tax and passports - it is important for the status of a town centre. Kings Heath would lose this status and credibility if it didn't have a main post office. But does it need to be in its own building?
For Kings Heath to have the status of a Post Office it needs to be visible, not hidden away. Doesn't it?
On the other hand, if the services are to stay and no staff are to be made redundant, as the Post Office promises, would it really matter if the counter were at the back of Sainsbury's or Asda? Might it even be more convenient?
A main post office is absolutely essential for Kings Heath. If there has to be a retail partner, what is happening in the In-Shops building? Would this be a more successful enterprise if it incorporated a Post Office?