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Post Office (Nunney)

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

I wish to present a petition that I received at the post office in Nunney in my constituency from Mrs. Caroline Toll, who is a resident of Nunney, and the postmaster and mistress, Mr. and Mrs. Innes. The petition is signed by more than 200 users of the post office who wish to express their concern about the future of small post offices such as Nunney. An attached list draws attention to what the sub-post office does for the village—not only its activities as a post office but the other services that it provides. They include: selling newspapers, magazines and sweets, prescription delivery for local surgeries, fax transmission and reception, dry cleaning collection, providing a box office for the Nunney Players and contact for the Nunney Community Association. It is a long list of services that would be lost if the sub-post office closed. The most important point is that it provides a hand of friendship to people in the village and a sense of community.

The petition states:

To the House of Commons, the Petition of the Users of Nunney post office, Somerset declares

That the post office is under threat of closure because some of its main income sources are being removed. Rural post offices act as community centres, as outlined by the attached list of activities in our own post office.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to act to stop the closure of any more rural post offices.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.