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Post Office Closures (Boat of Garten)

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

I have the honour to present a petition on behalf of concerned users of the post office in Boat of Garten, a small village in my constituency, which has been collected by the Boat of Garten community council and signed by 354 people, which represents three quarters of the population of the village and includes several business people and the local MSP.

The petition reads:

The Petition of the Community Council and residents of Boat of Garten and vicinity, Inverness-shire, Scotland,

Declares that the Petitioners are concerned for the future of their local Post Office in Boat of Garten and the damaging economic and social effects that any closure would have on their community. Further declares that the Boat of Garten Post Office is widely supported by local residents, businesses and visitors to the Cairngorms National Park and that public transport is insufficient to allow vulnerable residents access to any other Post Office.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to ensure that Boat of Garten Post Office is retained before irreparable damage is done to the well-being, sustainability and cohesion of our community.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.