Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Post Office consultation branded a sham

The news that all 37 post offices scheduled for closure in Teesside and surrounding areas will in fact close has been greeted with disbelief by local Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Ian Swales.

He said "there has been a tremendous campaign to keep a number of these post offices open particularly the four in the Borough of Redcar and Cleveland.

The fact that the Post Office management have refused to listen to any protests proves that all the decisions were already made. The consultation process was a sham.

It would have helped if MP's had voted to delay the process in March when they had the chance. However, not one of our local MP's backed the call.

I welcome the news that Redcar and Cleveland Council is aiming to support the communities involved. We still have to see the details but whatever they do will hardly compensate for the loss of a Post Office.

I am also disappointed that they have not mentioned Roseberry Square, Redcar where the loss of the post office through the renewal of the shopping centre is affecting far more people than the other closures in the Borough."

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