Dinnington Post Office®

Dinnington Post Office® 51-53 Laughton Road, Dinnington, Sheffield, S25 2PN Branch Temporary Closure

Dear Customer
Dinnington Post Office®
51-53 Laughton Road, Dinnington, Sheffield, S25 2PN
Branch Temporary Closure
We are writing to inform you that, regrettably, following the resignation of the operator of the
Partner service and the withdrawal of the premises for Post Office use, the above branch will
be closing temporarily on Tuesday 28 July 2020 at 17:30.
I would like to assure you that we are working hard to keep any period of closure to a
minimum and we are currently investigating the options available which will enable us to
reinstate a Post Office service to the local community. In exploring this, it is important that
any future service is sustainable for the person operating the service, and for Post Office
Limited.
If you have any questions you would like to raise about this matter, please write to me via
the National Consultation Team at the address shown at the end of the letter. Please note
that your comments will not be kept confidential unless you expressly ask us do so by clearly
marking them “In Confidence”.
Any future changes to service provision would be handled in line with our Principles of
Community Engagement. A copy is available at the end of this letter.
We will display posters in the branch to inform customers.
It would be helpful if you could share this information with any local groups or organisations
that you know within the community, for example on noticeboards, local charities and in GP
surgeries, to help our customers and your constituents understand what is happening to the
Post Office in the local community. If you would like a supply of these posters please let us
know.
During this period of temporary closure, customers requiring Post Office services may use any
convenient Post Office branch. Details of two possible alternative Post Office branches are
provided below:
● Laughton Common Post Office, Outgang Lane, Dinnington, Sheffield, S25 3QY
● North Anston Post Office, Nursery Road, North Anston, Sheffield, S25 4BU
Details of other alternative Post Office branches can also be found using our
website, www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-finder.
We apologise for the inconvenience this temporary closure may cause.
Yours faithfully
Hayley Brown
Hayley Brown
Change Manager
How to contact us:
[email protected]
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Principles of Community Engagement on changes to the Post Office network
We are committed to engaging and supporting our customers and their representatives as we make changes to the Post Office network. The following Principles will be adopted when communicating about changes to your local Post Office branch.
We will Notify - where we are informing customers of changes around:
● Opening hours
● Temporary closure1/ temporary service interruption
● Re-opening of a temporarily closed branch in the same site
● Opening a new branch unrelated to a previous closure
● Location used by a Mobile Post Office within a community
We will display a poster in branch (or nearby if appropriate) to notify customers of the above changes, providing four weeks’ notice. Where four weeks’ notice is not possible, we will provide notice as soon as we are able to. For temporary closures we will include details of the nearest alternative Post Offices and our customer helpline/textphone.
We will Engage - where we are seeking feedback on a decision that has been made on:
● Re-opening of a temporarily closed branch in a new location (where the branch has been closed for more than three months)
● Franchising of a Directly Managed branch in its existing site
While the decision to proceed will have already been made, we will welcome suggestions about specific aspects of the change such as access arrangements and the internal layout. We will provide four weeks’ notice or, where extenuating circumstances prevent this, we will provide as much notice as possible.
During this period we will display a poster in branch and provide information online. We will contact locally elected representatives2, the Consumer Advocacy Bodies and selected charities3, providing clear information on any changes to services or access arrangements at the branch. We will ask locally elected representatives to share information with other key community outlets (such as notice boards, local charities, magazines, GP surgeries etc.). We will publish the outcome of the engagement online and in branch, providing a summary of key issues raised with a clear response to each and any changes made to our original plans.
We will Consult - where we are seeking feedback on proposals prior to a decision being made on the:
● Permanent closure of a Post Office branch4
● Permanent relocation of a Post Office branch (including the franchising of a Directly Managed branch to a new site)
We will carry out a six-week5 local public consultation, informing customers, locally elected representatives, Consumer Advocacy Bodies and selected charities of the proposal. This information will also be made available online and for a Directly Managed branch a press release will be issued to local media. We will ask locally elected representatives to share information with other key community outlets (such as notice boards, local charities, magazines, GP surgeries etc.).
The consultation will ask specific questions on areas where we would like feedback on access to Post Office services and will confirm when the change will happen if the decision is made to proceed. We will provide clear information on any changes to services as well as access to and into the new branch.
We welcome all feedback with the following factors being taken into account in making our decision, which we expect to make within four weeks of the close of consultation:
● Customer access to, into and inside the new or alternative branch/branches with particular regard to vulnerable consumers
● Any local community issues which could be affected by or affect the proposal
At the end of the consultation process we will write to locally elected representatives, Consumer Advocacy Bodies and respondents to the consultation (where practical) to confirm our decision and provide a summary of key issues raised with a clear response to each. This information will be made available online and in branch (where possible).
These Principles have been agreed with Citizens Advice, Citizens Advice Scotland and the General Consumer Council for Northern Ireland; the independent statutory consumer watchdogs.
What to do if you feel these Principles haven’t been followed:
Please get in touch so we can investigate your complaint. We’ll explain in our reply whether we believe we have followed our Principles of Community Engagement and will provide you with the contact details for the relevant consumer watchdog (Citizens Advice, Citizens Advice Scotland or the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland) if you’re not satisfied with our response. The watchdog will independently assess whether we have followed the Principles of Community Engagement process (rather than the decision itself) and recommend any actions with respect to the complaint.
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1We will provide an update to locally elected representatives if the status of the temporarily closed branch has not changed after 12 months.
2 Locally elected representatives include but are not restricted to the Member of Parliament, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, or Northern Ireland Assembly, Local Authority Chief Executive, Ward Councillors, Parish or Community Council.
3 Selected charities are local Citizens Advice, Age UK, Northern Ireland’s Disability Action and Northern Ireland’s Rural Community Network. All parties referred to in 2 and 3 above are encouraged to share all information with local groups and organisations who they believe have an active interest in changes to their local Post Office.
4 There may be a small number of cases where due to circumstances outside our control we have no option other than to permanently close a branch in a particular location. In these cases the consultation will seek feedback on alternative Post Office service provision in the area.
5 If the consultation includes more than four weeks in July in Scotland and Northern Ireland or more than four weeks in August in England and Wales we will extend the period by one calendar week. We will not start any local public consultation during the two-week period which includes the Christmas and New Year bank holidays.

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