Post Offices marked for closure then reprieved.

Deborah Croney made this Freedom of Information request to Royal Mail Group Limited
This authority is not subject to FOI law, so is not legally obliged to respond (details).
This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

The request was successful.

Dear Sir or Madam,

I would be grateful if you would send, to me, all information relating to the decisions not to close the following Post Offices:

Chichester: Parklands Post Office.
Somerset: Hinton St George Post Office.

Yours faithfully,

Deborah Croney
North Dorset District Councillor

Royal Mail Group Limited

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Dear Ms Croney

Thank you for your request for information received on 14/04/2009, which
we are considering under the Freedom of Information Act. Under the Act
you should expect a reply from us to be sent by 13/05/2009, which is
twenty working days from receipt of your request.

If for any reason we are unable to provide you with a full response within
that time, we will contact you explaining the reasons for this and giving
a revised date by which we will reply.

If in the mean time you have any questions or would like to contact us
about your request, please contact us by telephone 01252 806513 or
alternatively email or write to us at the address below. Please be
assured that we are giving this our attention and will get back to you

Yours sincerely

John Cere
[1][Royal Mail Group request email]
Freedom of Information Unit

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Dear Cllr Croney

Re: Freedom of Information Request

I am writing in response to your e-mail received by Post Office Limited on
13 April 2009 in relation to Post Office® branches, which I am dealing with
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. (the Act)

In your e-mail you have requested the following information;

I would be grateful if you would send, to me, all information relating to
the decisions not to close the following Post Offices:

Chichester: Parklands Post Office. Somerset: Hinton St George Post Office.

In response to your request I would advise you that Post Office Limited
does hold information relevant to your request. It would be appropriate at
this juncture to explain how the Network Development Manager made decisions
in relation to each Network Change Programme Area Plan.

When the local public consultation period for an area plan proposal
concluded the Network Development Manager (NDM) reviewed all of the
correspondence received by the National Consultation Team. The NDM would
have read all the issues raised within the correspondence and reviewed them
against the factors we are required to consider before making their final
decision. Once the NDM had reviewed the correspondence they would complete
the Decision Document which has subsequently been published on the Post
Office® website at;

Therefore information relating to the decision to retain Post Office®
Parkland branch is contained within the Network Change Programme Area Plan
Decision Booklet for Surrey, Berkshire and West Sussex and information
relating to the decision to retain Post Office® Hinton St George branch is
located within the Bristol and Somerset Area Plan Additional Consultations
Decision Booklet published on the Post Office® website, detailed above. I
have attached copies of these two decision documents.

On our website you will also find Area Plan Proposals and Branch Access
Reports containing information Post Office Limited took into account when
making decisions on all branches within an area. You will also find Area
Plan Maps, along with the previous mentioned Decision Documents which
detail the decisions made with information on the key factors taken into
consideration from the local public consultation.

In addition to the information above I can advise you the Post Office
Limited received a large number of responses to public consultation for
both branches. If you would like to see copies of these responses please
contact me via e-mail or at the address below clearly detailing a postal
address and I will arrange for the copies to be despatched.

I hope the information detailed above is of use. However if you are
dissatisfied with this response for any reason you do have a right to
request an internal review, in which case please write to the Head of
Information Compliance, Royal Mail House, Company Secretary's Office, 5th
Floor, 148 Old Street, LONDON, EC1V 9HQ. An internal panel will then
review the request, and you will be advised of the outcome.

If, having requested an internal review by Royal Mail, you are still not
satisfied with our response you also have a right of appeal to the
Information Commissioner at:
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Telephone: 01625 545 700

Yours sincerely

Peter Johnson Freedom of Information Advisor
Post Office Limited
PO Box 2060
Ascot Road
WD18 8ZW
[Royal Mail Group request email]

(See attached file: Surrey, Berks & W Sussex decision booklet..pdf)(See
attached file: Bristol & Somerset Additional Consultations Decision

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