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Residents win MP's support in post office fight

03 Aug 2016, 14:47

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/resid ... story.html

An MP is backing campaigners in their fight to save a village post office.

Edward Argar, MP for Charnwood, is urging Post Office Ltd to reconsider plans to relocate services in Rothley.

He met with residents outside the post office, in Woodgate, yesterday to receive a petition containing 1,700 signatures.

Residents oppose plans to relocate the post office to a newsagents further along the street.

They claim it will diminish services, hit jobs and spell the end of a vital community asset.

Mr Agar, who posted the petition to Post Office headquarters in London, said: "The existing post office is a vital part of village and community life in Rothley and the strength of feeling among residents about this proposal is plain for all to see.

"I'm calling on Post Office Ltd to listen to all the people who have signed this petition.

"They should pause, recognise the need to be flexible and think again about this badly thought-through plan.

"We will give them a good fight to try and save what we think is a very important community asset."

Post Office Ltd is conducting a public consultation on the proposal which will close on August 9.

Parish councillor Steve Mitchell, who organised the petition, said: "Residents are incensed by this proposal and have also written in their hundreds opposing the plan.

"The three-page consultation document prepared by the Post Office does not give a full picture of the effects of the proposals to transfer services to another location."

He claims customers will no longer be able to use the Parcelforce Worldwide' international service; pay using cheques, or book travel insurance.

Mr Mitchell said: "The present post office staff are experienced and knowledgeable but will lose their jobs and the premises left empty.

"The newsagents is also already packed with an extensive range of products for sale and massive queues already build up. That would be made far worse with all the additional footfall."

Post Office Ltd says the move to a "modern, open-plan" branch will see opening hours extended to 85 hours, seven days a week.

Suzanne Richardson, Post Office Ltd's regional manager, said: "This modernisation is part of a major investment programme.

"We understand how important having a post office is to residents and are confident this new service will meet the needs of the community and secure services for the future."

To have your say, send by Freepost YOUR COMMENTS to Post Office Ltd, or e-mail:

comments@postoffice.co.uk, or contact either the Customer Helpline on 03457 22 33 44 or Textphone 03457 22 33 55.

Customers can also share their views online, using the branch code 267217, by visiting: postofficeviews.co.uk

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