Concern over Post Office threat

July 11, 2007 12:11 PM

Liberal Democrats in Cambridgeshire have condemned plans to close Post Offices in Cambridgeshire.

Earlier this year the Government announced plans to close 2500 post offices nationwide as part of a 'restructuring exercise'.

County Councillor Geoff Heathcock, Lib Dem Spokesperson for Communities and Councillor for Queen Edith's, commented:

"The Government's proposals are extremely worrying. Closing this many post offices could have a big impact on people in Cambridge especially the elderly, many of whom rely on post offices for a variety of services.

"The proposed restructuring criteria are far too limited. For example instead of just looking at how many miles as the crow flies residents are from a post office, the criteria should also consider access by public transport or on foot. Many of those who most rely on post offices do not have their own car. The Government must consider these people when it considers the future of our post offices."

Cambridge MP, David Howarth, has been campaigning against any further post office closures in Cambridge. He added:

"Post offices are an important part of our communities. The services they provide help those who cannot access traditional banking and those who may not be able to travel as far as a supermarket or be able to use the internet for communication. Loss of post offices also puts other small businesses in jeopardy. Many cannot afford to survive when the high street loses its Post Office.

"We should be defending our local post offices not undermining them. Unfortunately this Government has actively undermined the network and reduced the Post Office's financial viability.

David Howarth at the Newmarket Road Post Office

David Howarth MP

"I, along with those who have signed my petition and responded to the Government's consultation, will be continuing to campaign to save Cambridge's remaining post offices."

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