Monday, August 11, 2008

250 sign petitions to save Post Offices in Blaydon constituency

LIBERAL Democrats in Blaydon constituency have collected over 250 signatures on petitions to save three threatened village post offices from closure.

The branches under threat are in Winlaton Mill, Blackhall Mill and Crookhill. The proposed closures are part of a government programme to close at least 2,500 branches.

Petition co-ordinator, Councillor Peter Maughan, said, “These branches are important to the communities they serve. Their closure will hurt many people.

“Post offices are important to village front streets as well and help ensure local economies are healthy. Closing them can damage other businesses in the area.

“People were keen to sign our petitions in the three villages. Last week, when I was in Blackhall Mill, residents were stopping me in the street to tell me how important the local Post Office was to them.”

The petitions have been handed in as part of the consultation on the planned closure. The Post Office will make a final announcement on the closures in September.

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