County set to oppose post office closures

PUBLISHED: 10:32 03 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:48 11 May 2010

A HIT-LIST of post office closures is to be produced next week. The list from the Post Office will cover North Hertfordshire and South Cambridgeshire. It is expected that the Post Office will be proposing to close a number of village post offices in the

A "HIT-LIST" of post office closures is to be produced next week.

The list from the Post Office will cover North Hertfordshire and South Cambridgeshire.

It is expected that the Post Office will be proposing to close a number of village post offices in the area.

But Herts County Council is planning a response to the proposals.

Cllr Richard Roberts, who will be co-ordinating the county council's response, said: "We want to get a full picture of what closures will mean for local people."

The county council is contacting North Herts District Council, Royston Town Council and parish councils to ensure it has all relevant details to challenge the Post Office.

Cllr Roberts said: "It may be that if a post office closes, a shop will also close leaving a community without its heart.

"We know that the Post Office has done a lot of research and based the proposed closures on usage, but that doesn't tell us everything," he said.

Cllr Roberts will be appearing on the county council's website next week in which he will be urging people to respond to a web survey.

The web cast will be available on:

www.hertsdirect.org

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