Liberal Democrats in Gateshead have hit out at the government’s failure to listen to the concerns of local people over post office closures. The Government announced today [Thursday 17th May] that they will continue with their plan to close at least 2,500 post offices across the country.
Gateshead Liberal Democrats have been campaigning against post office closures and are today stepping up the fight against the Government’s plans.
The Government have not published the list of post offices to be closed, but with one in five post offices nationwide set to shut it is unlikely that Gateshead will escape with no closures.
Local Lib Dem Councillor Jonathan Wallace said, “It is outrageous that the Government have ignored the concerns of local people and are continuing with their plan to close at least 2,500 post offices. That means we could lose yet more post offices here in in Gateshead. We have already seen 6 close over the past 4 years.
“Along with many local people, we have been campaigning against the Government’s post office closure plans and will now be stepping up the fight once again. Last year we collected 3000 signatures against the closure plans from residents of Gateshead.”
Councillor Peter Maughan said, “If, instead of initiating a further round of cuts, the Government were to adopt Liberal Democrats plans for the Post Office then they would be able to invest an additional £2 billion in the network and safeguard the future of local branches for years to come.”
In March, Liberal Democrats handed in their 3000 signature petition calling for an end to Post Office closures to 10 Downing Street.