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Post Office Closures (Taunton)

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

I rise to present a petition on behalf of residents of Taunton constituency and others on the subject of post office closures. Literally thousands of my constituents have signed this petition. It reads as follows:

The Petition of residents of the Taunton constituency and others,

Declares that the Post Office is proposing to close seven Post Offices in Taunton Deane, including Shuttern, West Monkton, Bradford-on-Tone, West Buckland, Kingston St Mary, Churchinford and Lydeard St Lawrence, all of which constitute a vital service to the residents of Taunton Deane, and whose closure will be extremely damaging to the fabric of the County of Somerset and the well-being of its communities in social, economic and environmental terms; that these Post Offices provide a lifeline for many vulnerable or disadvantaged people, and are particularly valued by pensioners and those without private transport; and that their proposed closure will risk or precipitate the closure of village shops in Somerset.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to reverse the Post Office's proposed Network Change Programme in Taunton Deane.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.