Friday, May 25, 2007

Sunniside fights for Post Office cash machine

A planning applicaiton for a cash machine to be installed at the front of the Post Office in the village of Sunniside is to be considered by Gateshead Council’s Planning Committee on Wednesday 13th June.

The application was, unexpectedly, rejected by planning officers in December after objections from highways engineers.

But local Liberal Democrat Councillor, Jonathan Wallace, believes the cash machine will benefit residents and help protect the long term future of the branch at a time when thousands of Post Offices are due to be closed by the government.

Councillor Wallace asked the Planning Department to let the application be resubmitted and considered by the Planning Committee instead. He also produced a petition backing the application and will speak in favour of it when it goes before the committee.

The petition, signed by over 100 residents will be handed in shortly to Gateshead Council.

“At a time when Post Offices are under threat, I am hoping the Planning Committee will see the benefits of this application for both the future of the Sunniside Post Office and for residents of the village,” said Councillor Wallace.

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