Politicians have expressed fears over the potential relocation of a post office, after the view of the public was sought on it.

The Post Office opened a consultation into the relocation of North Finchley post office from its current location, close to The Tally Ho pub, to another premises closer to Sainsbury's in High Road, North Finchley.

Labour councillors and Andrew Dismore AM, however, have criticised the proposal, saying the quality of service would reduce if it moves to the new premises, which he says is smaller than its current home.

West Finchley councillor Kath McGuirk said: "North Finchley has retained its crown Post Office when Finchley Central and East Finchley have lost theirs.

"It is much loved and needed by the local community. The loss could be yet another blow to the North Finchley town centre.

"I urge people to sign our petition on the Barnet Labour website or visit one of our weekend stalls, and most importantly of all write to the consultation at comments@postoffice.co.uk and have their say."

Mr Dismore also opposed the move, saying the Post Office is always busy and service would deteriorate if placed further away from the centre.

He said: "This is bad news for residents and businesses in North Finchley.

"Given how busy the current office is, it makes no sense to relocate further up the High Road, especially when the council’s regeneration plan wants to concentrate the footfall to where the Post Office is currently located."

A Post Office spokesman said: "This proposal is about ensuring long-term sustainability for the branch in North Finchley so that services are safeguarded for years to come.

"The vast majority of Post Offices, both large and small, are operated on a franchise or agency basis which has been a proven, successful model for decades.

"The new branch would be in a dedicated area within the new, refurbished premises, with seven serving positions offering the same services as now – the only exception being the specialist Biometric Enrolment service on behalf of the Home Office."

The spokesman added that all viewpoints will be carefully considered.

To give your views in the consultation, visit postofficeviews.co.uk, email comments@postoffice.co.uk, call 03457223344 or send your views by post to FREEPOST Your Comments.