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Ryan rallies council in drive to halt POclosures

SOLIHULL Council has given its wholehearted backing to a campaign to save four borough post offices from closure after a Bickenhill councillor claimed the local authority had not been consulted on the issue.

SOLIHULL Council has given its wholehearted backing to a campaign to save four borough post offices from closure after a Bickenhill councillor claimed the local authority had not been consulted on the issue.

Councillors gave their unanimous support for a motion calling on the Government and Post Office Ltd to withdraw plans to shut down those at Berkswell, Catherine de Barnes, Olton Hollow and Haslucks Green at a full Council meeting on Tuesday evening after Councillor Jim Ryan (Con, Bickenhill) claimed they were deeply flawed.

The motion put forward by Councillor Ryan, stated: "This council believes that local Post Offices provide a vital community service. It calls on the Government and Post Office authorities to withdraw the closure proposals and engage in meaningful discussion with the council and local stake-holders regarding the viability of maintaining services at these locations."

Coun Ryan also said that Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire councils had been informed but Solihull had been excluded from discussions.

Councillors from across the political spectrum gave their support to the motion.

Councillor Ken Meeson, leader of Solihull Council, also opposed the planned closures.

He said: "Post Offices are essential services in many communities helping keep the life in them. When they close, other services close. We were not given the opportunity to take part in the consultation."

Jaquie Stenson, spokesman for Post Office Ltd, said: "We are happy to meet with Solihull Council and to listen to their views during the consultation period which runs until August 4."

Anyone wanting to object to the post office closures can write to Freepost Consultation Team, Post Office Ltd...SUPL:

 

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