Working with local residents in the New Cheltenham area, Jo McCarron and Labour's Kings Chase councillors Bill Bowrey, Pat Apps and Terry Walker have succeeded in blocking plans to move the New Cheltenham Post Office to a new venue at the far end of the steep Lees Hill.
The campaign included a public meeting on 19 April and addressed response sheets for local people to submit their own views. Jo and the local Labour team spoke to hundreds of local residents to make sure they took the opportunity to have their say.
Jo McCarron said:
"I’m delighted the Post Office has listened to residents’ concerns, and am really grateful to all the residents who worked with me and the local Labour councillors to help apply the pressure that has delivered this result. It shows that when we work together we can make a real difference for the community.”
Bill Bowrey, one of the three Labour councillors in Kings Chase ward, said:
“After the public meeting that we organised with Jo McCarron, we submitted a detailed response to the consultation with seven headings clearly outlining the reasons why Post Office bosses should drop the move plans. We are delighted that our arguments have been heard and that the move plans have indeed been dropped.
"We pointed out that the proposed new location was in an entirely different community, so was not a real alternative for current users. A move would have hit particular groups, not just the elderly but also small businesses in a designated Priority Neighbourhood where we need to encourage economic activity. We also reminded the Post Office of the promises made in relation to New Cheltenham when they closed the Station Road Post Office a decade ago.
"Post Office Ltd have told us that they are still investigating a permanent local solution within New Cheltenham, and the local councillors will do all we can to support them in this. We really welcome the positive outcome of the Post Office’s commitment to a continued presence at the heart of the New Cheltenham community.”