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Julian Huppert MP

Wulfstan Way: Another Blow for Cambridge Post Offices

April 4, 2003 12:00 AM

The Post Office has announced yet another post office closure, this time in Wulfstan Way. Lib Dem councillors Alan Baker and colleagues are urging local people to join them in a campaign to keep the much cherished post office open.

How can people make their voice heard? Cllr Baker will shortly be putting a leaflet through residents' doors telling them how each person can make a personal response to the Post Office's period of consultation.

Cllr Baker and others are collecting signatures for a petition TOMORROW morning from 10am outside the Post Office on Wulfstan Way.

'There are many good reasons to keep this vital post office alive for local people', says Cllr Baker:

1. Many more elderly people will be moving back into the area as the new Dunstan Court sheltered scheme is opening this autumn. It will have 46 units  that's a lot more people wanting to collect pensions and use the services of the post office

2. The area has a higher than average percentage of elderly people and more accommodation is being planned

3. It is a fair distance to the nearest post office in Cherry Hinton High Street or St Andrews Street - both require either a very long walk or an expensive bus ride

Cllr Baker's words are echoed by Cllr Amanda Taylor, who has championed the cause of local shops. 'Closing the post office not only deprives people of local services but has a knock on effect on other shops such as the butchers, chemists and newsagents. This is yet another potential blow to the lifeblood of our local shopping parades. But there is still time to get the Post Office management to change its mind'.