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Post Office closures: is yours next? Make your voice heard

  • 27 Feb 2007

Local MP Theresa May is urging people to register their fears about post office closures before the consultation period ends on 8 March.

Theresa explained, “The Government plan to close 2,500 post offices across the country. But so far they haven’t said where the closures will be.  This leaves a threat hanging over all our post offices.

Post offices are an important part of the life of our community. We have already seen post offices closed locally, for example in Sonning, Ross Road on the Larchfield Estate in Maidenhead and Woodlands Park. We have even seen threats in the past to close the main post office in Maidenhead town centre. Will your post office be next?

I urge everyone to make their voice heard by telling the Government what they think about the proposed closures. I’m sure the Government thinks that by not telling anyone which sites might close they won’t have any complaints. Don’t let them get away with a sham consultation. Make your voice heard. You can email your views to [email protected] or write to Post Office Network Consultation, DTI, Response Centre 1, Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET. You have only got until 8 March or it will be too late.

_I welcome the moves by Wokingham District Council to encourage more people to write to the Government to oppose post office closures and hope many people will do so. The Government have made a big fuss recently of welcoming public involvement in their actions, for example through the No 10 e-petitions site. As we saw with the road pricing petition, we can push post office closures up the Government agenda if a significant number of people register their views.
We may not be able to force the Government to abandon their plans entirely. But we can make it clear that we will not accept any further post office closures locally._