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Local Post Office branches decision

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Post Office Ltd have announced they intend to close both of the ‘at risk’ branches in Heeley constituency. Both branches, Derbyshire Lane Post Office and Park Grange Post Office, have received significant community support in their campaign to stay open. Meg has backed strongly both branches, and submitted evidence to Post Office Ltd urging them to keep the branches open. The following letter was sent to supporters of the Derbyshire Lane branch.   

 

Dear

 

I regret to inform you that Post Office Limited have decided that Derbyshire Lane Post Office is to close. As you know I strongly objected to their original proposal, and I know that many local people contacted Post Office Limited about this. However they have now confirmed their original intention to close, which is extremely disappointing.

 

I objected to closure on a number of reasons, but principally the lack of access to alternative post offices by foot and bus. I know this feeling was widespread amongst local people, and was reflected at the public meeting on the 17th September. The difficulties in accessing Woodseats Post Office were clearly shown by the local campaign which organised a walk between the two post office branches.

 

It is doubly disappointing in that Post Office Limited are due to receive up to 1.7 billion till 2011 in order to construct a viable network of local post offices, including an annual subsidy of 150 million. The details given below show the motion that I supported in March this year.

 

19th March 2008

 

                 That this House

  • recognises the vital social and economic role of post offices, in particular in rural and deprived urban communities;
  • notes the decline in post office customer numbers in recent years and the financial losses of 174 million incurred by the network in 2007;
  • further recognises the effect of changes such as direct debit facilities and increased use of the internet for payment and communication;
  • commends the Government’s action to support the post office network with investment of up to 1.7 billion up until 2011, including an annual subsidy of 150 million;
  • further notes that this subsidy did not exist under the last government and that without it thousands more post offices would be under threat; and
  • urges the Government to continue working with Post Office Limited to ensure a viable and sustainable network for the future.

Yours sincerely

 

Meg Munn MP

 


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