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‘World Cafe’ discussion to save local Post Office

Gary Hart September 2, 2015

Green Councillors call public meeting to discuss plans to save Brunswick Town Post Office at The Old Market, Hove, on Thursday, September 3, at 6pm.

Brunswick Town Crown Post Office
Brunswick Town Crown Post Office

As part of a campaign to stop the closure of Brunswick Town’s Crown Post Office at 22 Western Road, local Green councillors are organising a ‘World Cafe’ public discussion to draw together ideas on how to secure its present location and stop plans to merge it into Melville Road Crown Post Office at 20 Melville Road, by Seven Dials (BN3 1UB), in January 2016.

Green Councillors for Brunswick & Adelaide Ward, Ollie Sykes and Phelim Mac Cafferty have issued invitations to Peter Kyle, MP for Hove and Portslade, Caroline Lucas MP, for Brighton Pavilion, concerned residents, customers and Post Office staff to join the discussion.

The ‘World Café’ technique enables a structured conversation, in a café-style setting, where everyone can participate as they move between a series of tables responding to specific questions.

The aim is to harness the collective wisdom in the room and to come up with constructive ideas and solutions.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, September 3 2015 from 6.00pm to 8.30pm at the Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove BN3 1AS.

Attendance will be limited to 70 people, so it is important to book your place in advance.

To book a place at the Old Market, click here:

Cllr Ollie Sykes
Cllr Ollie Sykes

Cllr Sykes, said; “There’s huge public opposition to this closure. Over 4,000 people have signed our (on-line & paper) petition to Post Office Limited, asking that the Brunswick Town post office be saved.”

He added; “This post office is in a perfect location in the heart of Brunswick Town, right at the centre of this community. The proposed alternative provision will be a mile away and up a hill, inconvenient and inaccessible to many customers.”

Cllr Phelim Mac Cafferty
Cllr Phelim Mac Cafferty

Green Convenor Phelim Mac Cafferty, added; “We have organised this discussion as a positive response to the situation to draw up practical solutions which could save this post office.

“The World Café format will enable wide-ranging knowledge and ideas to be shared and built upon collaboratively between local customers, politicians, Post Office staff and others.”

For details about the proposed closure/ ‘merger’ consultation which closes on September 16, click here:

To sign the on-line petition, click here:

Paper petitions, to save the Brunswick Town Post Office, are available next door to the Post Office at City Books.