Calls for Co-Op to save Queen’s Drive Post Office services as McColls struggles to compete

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A Bedford Borough Councillor is calling on Co-op to save Post Office services on Queen’s Drive, Bedford, claiming they are to blame for them now being at risk.

McColl’s on Queen’s Drive currently provide Post Office services to the local community but will close on 16 September. Goldington Ward Councillor, Anthony Forth, told Bedford Independent: “The Co-Op are supposed to have a community focus as a consumer cooperative and there’s no question that competition from their store has been a factor in the closure of McColl’s. They now have a responsibility to step in.

“If Post Office services are lost it will diminish the area as a place where people can access vital services delivered locally. Many also use their post office trips as a chance to see their neighbours and its closure would mean we also lose a sense of community.”
Cllr Forth says Co-Op needs to accept its responsibility for the closure and take on the Post Office services. He has now started a petition to show the Co-Op how important the threatened services are to local people. The petition says: “As a respected cooperative with a strong community ethos, we ask you (the Co-Op) to open a post office in your Queen’s Drive store.”

You can show your support for the petition at 38 Degrees.

A Spokesperson for the Co-op, confirmed: “We are aware of the request, however it is too early to provide an update at this time.”

The Post Office are currently looking for expressions of interest to continue a postal service on Queen’s Drive.