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Hopes for new Amersham post office suffer setback
A SHOPKEEPER appears to have had his hopes of opening a post office in Old Amersham dashed after officials said it could negatively impact on another in the town.
Broadway Newsagents owner Joe Izzo has approached the Post Office about opening a branch in his shop after customers said there was demand for it.
Around 2,000 of them signed a petition campaigning for a post office to re-open in the Old Town after one in Market Square shut in 2008 following a round of national closures.
But at a public meeting in the town on Tuesday, Mr Izzo was told the Post Office do not have a vacancy for a new branch in the town.
Residents complained Amersham's other post office in Sycamore Road is often overcrowded and nearby parking is difficult, but Post Office representative Laura Tarling said the branch losing customers to the one proposed in the Old Town could make both unsustainable.
She said: "You would have a much more sustainable post office serving the community rather than two unsustainable ones. If you had two post offices in Amersham, the chances are both won't earn enough money. If they are not doing enough transactions they could become unviable.
"We've done an exercise to see where a post office could be. Unfortunately for the residents of Amersham Old Town, we've come to the conclusion at this time we are not in the position to open another post office."
Mr Izzo said he is still optimistic he can persuade the Post Office a re-opened branch in the Old Town is justified.
The 31-year-old said: "60 to 70 per cent of our customers are elderly and so many of them have asked if we could do a post office, and we thought maybe a sub postal service would be feasible.
"It's a hub and it would bring people here.
"The customers have been lovely and so supportive. I'm quite impressed how many use us for their things and don't go to Tesco, and I'm sure it would be the same with the post office.
"We've offered our premises. I'm not asking for a huge subsidy, if I have to employ someone then so be it.
"I'm optimistic in the sense they'll have to review it. Whether we get a positive result out of it, I don't know, but we are going to keep pressing them until we get a result."
Mr Izzo, who has owned the newsagents for five months, said he also has plans to turn part of his shop into a deli style café.
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