Residents in campaign to keep shop post office
By The Bristol Post | Monday, November 12, 2012, 05:00
RESIDENTS are mounting a campaign to save a post office based in a convenience store recently given permission to become a restaurant.
From left, Tim Copestake, Maggie Shapland, Brian Edwards, Sasha Lubetkin, Colin Doak, Diane Blythe and John Gillett at the shop in Clifton Village BRDR20121108C001_C
Jasbir Baryah, who runs Baryah's in Regent Street, Clifton, assured residents the post office would stay when he applied for the change of use from retail to "mixed use comprising retail, restaurant and hot food takeaway".
Mr Baryah's reason behind adding tables to the shop was to allow it to continue trading in tough economic conditions, citing the nearby Tesco Express store as affecting trade.
According to the application, the aim of the move was "to create a continental-style atmosphere, whereby the premises have a mix of uses that will cater for customers' varying needs throughout the daytime and evening".
Despite some objections by residents, including the Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society who believed the application to be a way of turning over most of the shop for use as a restaurant and takeaway, the application was recently granted by planning officers.
Nearby residents are now mounting a campaign to save the post office, after rumours it was to close.
Maggie Shapland, of Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society, told The Post: "We are very concerned – we were assured that the post office would remain. We are disappointed that the application was not referred to councillors sitting on a development control committee."
Sasha Lubetkin, 70, who lives in Princess Victoria Street, said: "The idea of losing our precious post office for yet another pointless restaurant fills me with despair. We locals depend upon our post office and use it all the time, whereas we certainly don't need any more restaurants."
However, Mr Baryah assured The Post that the post office would be staying but said he did not wish to comment further.
A statement in the original application said: "This is a most innovative proposal that in these difficult economic times will enable a long standing local business to continuing operating."