Residents in Pimlico will not be able to get expert help with their passport applications and renewals if plans to close the Lupus Street post office are approved. The Lupus Street post office closure would mean that Pimlico residents will not be able to use the ‘Check and Send’ service offered by the Post Office and could therefore face delays in getting their passports.
According to the Post Office website;
“For just £8.75 you can get your passport application right first time using Check & Send, a service that’s recommended by the Identity and Passport Service.
• Peace of mind: from the form to the photos we’ll make sure everything meets the approved standard
• Secure: we’ll send your application by Special Delivery™
• Save time: Up to one third of applications sent to the Identity and Passport Service directly are delayed due to basic errors. Avoid these delays by using Check & Send
Pick up a Passport Application form at your local Post Office® branch, fill it in and take it – documentation and photos – back to your Post Office.
Our counter staff will check that you’ve filled in all the right boxes, signed where necessary, have the right documentation and that your photos are suitable. They’ll then send it off for you using Special Delivery.”
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“Unlike the Pimlico residents in the 1949 film classic, ‘Passport to Pimlico’, today’s Pimlico residents will have nowhere local where they can get expert help to apply for and renew their passport if the Lupus Street post office is closed and the eight staff lose their jobs. The campaign to keep Lupus Street post office open involves the whole community, all the political parties and the Communications Workers Union. And just like the post-war Pimlico residents who fought their corner to keep their independence, today’s Pimlico residents will not allow the Post Office to close the Lupus Street branch without a big fight”
A petition calling for the Lupus Street post office to remain open has already been signed by over 320 people