I AM writing to indicate my bitter disappointment at the decision of Post Office Ltd to close some 50 post offices locally, and congratulations to those who worked and have saved at The Green post office. Also once again, I wish to thank the Birmingham Mail for their tremendous support. Can I also take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the campaign to save Olton Hollow.
On reflection I fully understand the real anger throughout the region at this decision. I concur with the view that we need to have an independent look at this whole process, and the future of the network. Sadly this seems very unlikely and it's always the old, the disabled, the poor and small business people who are affected, but this is seemingly the way in our society today.
I still feel for the remaining post offices to survive we need new business to be given to them, and that's both the Government and the Post Office Board responsibility, and they have failed us the public to date. It really greatly concerns me that this complete failure has simply been ignored by most people over the past two months.
However, as upset as I am, I will continue to ask for changes to be made. This is especially in respect of a future closure process, and hope that the various MPs and councillors and local group leaders will not let this matter drop, as we move on to the latest problem in our society.
Finally I want everyone to remember your local post office could be next, and this is the business that had some 27,000 outlets in 1979 when I joined them, but will soon be down to just 12,000. So do we really believe that closing more offices will save those ones left? Of course not!
Ralph Pillinger, Hatchford Court, Solihull.