Residents in campaign to keep shop post office

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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.

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."

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  • Profile image for katachua

    @bris28

    Indeed. But after whom was the Black Boy Inn named? Clue: it was an English king.

    By katachua at 13:55 on 13/11/12

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    Delighted to help with a little Clifton history......In the first half of the 19th century there was a pub which straddled the middle of Whiteladies Road not far from Clifton and Durdham Downs. People had to pass through narrow passageways either side of the pub. The pub was sometime as the Black Boy Inn. In the 20th century a pub on Whiteladies Road called the Elephant Castle changed its name to the Black Boy Inn. That happened when the pub was revamped and was officially re-opened by Bristol's first Euro MP Richard Cottrell, a former TV reporter. Hope you find that of interest.

    By bris28 at 13:33 on 13/11/12

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    @bris28

    "There is no street nameplate "Blackboy Hill" and no street directory lists "Blackboy Hill". Take it from me I'm a Bristolian.""

    In that case, you'll know after whom the Black Boy pub was named...

    By katachua at 12:05 on 13/11/12

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    "People seem to be missing the point the chap who runs the store/post office said in his planning application that he would keep the Post Office. As soon as he gets permission which didn't come from a committee but a single council bod he puts the Post Office for sale. Think the council should take action. Have a look at the ad for the PO and you might be surprised by the asking price.

    By the way before the shop traded under its present name it was CostCutter. What a misnomer. Prices were certainly not cost price.......much higher than elsewhere.

    People who write on this site don't seem to care about the frail elderly who may need the services of a Post Office. Some of these people don't have a car and would would it most difficult to get to Tesco on Whiteladies Road. It is Whiteladies Road by the way. There is no street nameplate "Blackboy Hill" and no street directory lists "Blackboy Hill". Take it from me I'm a Bristolian.

    By bris28 at 09:19 on 13/11/12

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  • Profile image for J12345678

    Tesco on Black Boy Hill has the Post Office but that's the only reason I cross their threshold.

    By J12345678 at 00:34 on 13/11/12

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