Outrage at Government plans to isolate Trumpington and Queen Edith's

February 8, 2007 5:00 PM

Lib Dem City Councillors are today protesting against Government plans that penalise Trumpington and Queen Edith's residents.

The Government has announced that their proposed 2,500 post office closures will be calculated per constituency. In Cambridge this will mean that Newtown, Trumpington and Queen Edith's will not be considered with the rest of Cambridge city but will be grouped with the rest of South Cambridgeshire for the purposes of the Post Office review.

Andrew Blackhurst

Cllr Andy Blackhurst

Councillor Andy Blackhurst, City Councillor for Trumpington, commented:

"This is ridiculous. Here in Trumpington village we have had to fight long and hard for our Post Office when the old one was closed down and we will fight to keep it, and to keep Newtown's Post Office on Hill's Road.

"The Government's latest move seems designed to try to defuse political protest by attempting to isolate Trumpington and Queen Edith's from the rest of Cambridge."

Councillor Amanda Taylor, who represents Queen Edith's, added:

"Here in Queen Edith's we have no post offices left in the ward at all. Since Wulfstan Way was closed, our residents have had to rely on post offices on Hills Road and Cherry Hinton Road in Coleridge which fall within the Cambridge constituency. The Government's decision will mean that the needs of Queen Edith's residents will not be taken into account when considering the future of post offices like these.

"Both Trumpington and Queen Edith's are part of Cambridge City Council's area and it is Cambridge which residents look towards to access facilities such as post offices and shops. Does the Government expect us to travel to Fulbourn or the Shelfords to buy our stamps?

Cambridge MP, David Howarth, has launched a petition to protect the remaining post offices in Cambridge. To sign the petition, email petition@cambridgelibdems.org.uk.

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