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MP Lorely Burt speaks up against Post Office closures

SOLIHULL MP Lorely Burt spoke out in defence of the borough's threatened Post Offices during a speech in Parliament.

SOLIHULL MP Lorely Burt spoke out in defence of the borough's threatened Post Offices during a speech in Parliament.

On Tuesday, Ms Burt used a debate on Post Office closures in Buckinghamshire to draw attention to the plight of the branches in Solihull earmarked for closure.

She drew parallels with issues faced by the southern Post Offices such as customers having to travel longer distances, longer queues in remaining branches and the inconvenience a closure would create for secluded users.

Each of the three Solihull branches were mentioned and Ms Burt detailed the concerns, residents had in the surrounding areas.

"In Olton Hollow, there is more sheltered housing and, arguably, more elderly people than anywhere else in the borough.

"Olton Hollow, as the name suggests, is in a hollow, so anyone wanting to reach another post office would have a physical and metaphorical steep hill to."

In an Adjournment Debate addressed to the House later that afternoon, Ms Burt spoke of residents in her constituency.

"The Post Office is the only shop in the village, but it has a unique advantage in that it has a combi-counter which offers Post Office services seven days a week, up to 9pm. People come from miles around to use it."

She then spoke of a petition carried out among 35 Shirley businesses, who opposed the closure of the Haslucks Green Road post office. Objections included increased waiting times of up 40 minutes.

Speaking after her speech Ms Burt said: "It is absolutely vital ministers understand their post office closure programme is unwanted and unwelcome.."

 

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