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'Cynical exercise' as post office axe falls

DESPITE thousands of petitions from supportive Solihull residents, all four post offices in the borough threatened with closure will be axed.

DESPITE thousands of petitions from supportive Solihull residents, all four post offices in the borough threatened with closure will be axed.

The announcement was made by Post Office Ltd this week following the six week consultation period which ended on August 4.

Sub post mistress at Berkswell Post Office, Stella Evans, had received backing from hundreds of villagers and Conservative MP Caroline Spelman throughout the consultation.

On hearing the news, she said: "I feel very let down, it's a shame that they have decided to close the post office. The country will be losing out and it is the government that has let everyone down."

The Green Post Office in Kings Norton was the only branch out of 51 across Solihull, Birmingham and Coventry which was reprieved.

Solihull Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt had also vigorously campaigned to save the borough branches: "I am thoroughly disappointed after all the campaigning people put in with petitions, letters and residents' arguments," said Mrs Burt.

"There were good reasons to save each post offices and it does make you wonder whether this has just been a cynical exercise."

Solihull's prospective Conservative candidate Maggie Throup said she was "fearful" that vulnerable elderly and young families will be most affected by these closures."

Full details of the decisions are available at www.postoffice. co.uk/networkchange.

 

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