A petition has been launched to save Pudsey’s threatened post office.
As reported on January 11, Post Office Limited has announced proposals to close Pudsey Post Office as part of a raft of national cost-cutting measures and replace it with a small counter in another shop or supermarket, on a franchise basis.
The decision has been met with an outcry on social media, with many calling for the vital resource to be saved in its present building.
Now worried Pudsey resident Rachel Holt has launched an online petition in a bid to get Post Office bosses to reverse the decision. She said:
“This is a busy, heavily utilised office used by a wide demographic of ages for parcels, currency, post, passports, making payments.
“If the branch was based in a franchise it would become dependent on another business. This would endanger long term postal service provision in Pudsey could lead to current staff losing their jobs.
“The nearest Crown post office if Pudsey closes is Leeds or Bradford town centre, which would have a significant cost, time and accessibility impact for all users, and especially older residents.”
The petition can be signed here.
Roger Gale, sales and trade marketing director at the Post Office, said:
“The Post Office’s network of more than 11,600 branches is easily the largest in the UK, with 17 million customer visits a week.
“The vast majority of these branches are run with partners, and in the locations announced we believe this will also be a more sustainable approach for the long term. With consumer habits changing, and the high cost of maintaining premises in prime high street locations, franchising helps us to keep services where our customers want and need them.
“We will take time to identify the right partners over the coming months and all proposals will be subject to local consultation.”
The Dispatch commented on the closure proposal when it was announced.