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Post Office Closures (Harrogate)

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 9 January 2008

I have pleasure in presenting a petition signed by more than 7,000 Harrogate residents. They are dismayed and angered that their local sub-post office in Cold Bath road is faced with closure when it is highly profitable, well used by a wide selection of the local community and provides vital services, particularly to the elderly and the less mobile.

The petition states:

The Petition of residents, employees in and visitors to the Borough of Harrogate and Knaresborough and all those seriously concerned about the decision of the Post Office to review the future of Cold Bath Road Sub Post Office at 109 Cold Bath Road, Harrogate HG2 0NU,

Declares that the importance of this Sub Post Office to thousands of people living, working in and visiting Cold Bath Road and surrounding areas, including the more elderly and disabled; recalls this Office was retained when the Harlow Hill Sub Post Office was closed; and reminds Members of Parliament of the number of closures of Local Sub Post Offices in the Harrogate and Knaresborough area over recent years.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to make clear to the Post Office the importance of this Office continuing as a Sub-Post Office and the benefit of withdrawing as soon as possible any proposals which put at risk any of the existing services provided from this Office. And the Petitioners remain, etc.