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Post Office Closures (Thanet)

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

I have the honour to present two petitions on behalf of Councillors Roger Latchford, Ted Watt-Ruffell, Stephen Broadhurst and Michael Jarvis and residents of Thanet in Kent. The petitions relate to the proposed closure of local post offices and bear the signatures of more than 1,800 people. They relate specifically to the constituents of Minnis bay and the Dane valley in Margate. The former is a predominantly elderly area and the latter is one of the most deprived areas not only in the south-east but in the country. My constituents consider that the consultation period has been too short, that the proposals were generated by computers and poorly checked by humans, that the time scale for the proposal has been truncated and that effects on the communities have been ill considered. My constituents hope that the consultation is genuine and that the Post Office will reflect this strong reflection of public opinion in its decisions. The petitions state:

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call upon the Government, as the major shareholder in Post Office Ltd., to withdraw the current proposals and review the funding of the Post Office network.

Following is the full text of the petitions:

[The Petition of Roger Latchford of Birchington in Kent and residents of Thanet,

Declares that the proposed reduction in the number of Post Offices serving our communities will be socially damaging and is unwelcome.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call upon the Government, as the major shareholder in Post Office Ltd., to withdraw the current proposals and review the funding of the Post Office network.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.]

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[The Petition of Cllrs. Stephen Broadhurst, Michael Jarvis and Edwin Watt-Ruffell who represent the residents of Dane Valley, Thanet,

Declares that the proposed reduction in the number of Post Offices serving our communities will be socially damaging and is unwelcome.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call upon the Government, as the major shareholder in Post Office Ltd., to withdraw the current proposals and review the funding of the Post Office network.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.]

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