Shadow Minister adds support to Post Office campaign

A campaign to save one of Bath’s Post Office branches has received the backing of Shadow Post Office Minister John Penrose MP. Mr Penrose, the Conservative MP for Weston-Super-Mare, leant his support to the campaign after being approached about the closure of the Weston branch by local Councillor Malcolm Lees (Cons) and prospective Conservative MP for Bath Fabian Richer.

Councillor Lees has written to Post Office Ltd several times expressing disappointment at the time it is taking to either re-open the branch or find an alternative location in Weston. Various business owners in Weston have expressed an interest in operating Weston’s Post Office to Cllr Lees, who has put them in contact with the Post Office. However, Post Office Ltd has confirmed that it has still not reached agreement with any potential operators and the former Post Office remains disused.

Now John Penrose MP has also written to Post Office Ltd joining calls for swifter action to be taken in re-opening the branch. In his letter, Mr Penrose demands that Post Office Ltd communicate with local residents to inform them of what steps are currently being taken to find a new sub-postmaster and what consultation on possible solutions has taken place.

A demonstration outside the closed Post Office branch is also currently being organised by Weston Councillors Malcolm Lees and Colin Barrett with Fabian Richter and is planned to take place in the next couple of weeks. Local residents are planning to show their strength of feeling over the issue and a representative of Post Office will be invited to come and answer questions from residents.

Cllr Malcolm Lees (Cons, Weston) commented:

“Local residents are feeling extremely frustrated over the lack of progress in re-opening Weston’s Post Office branch, which closed over three months ago. I would like to thank John Penrose and Fabian for their support. The backing of the Shadow Post Office Minister and the Parliamentary candidate will add extra weight to our calls for more swift action by the Post Office and is a boost to our campaign.

“It’s extremely important to the local community in Weston that we secure the re-opening of the Post Office as swiftly as possible. A demonstration is currently being planned in order to show how much support there is for a local branch and a Post Office Ltd representative will be asked to come and answer residents’ questions. We must keep up the pressure on this issue.”

The Weston Post Office closed suddenly in June after the company operating the branch, Interim Enterprises, terminated its contracted with Post Office Ltd.