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Post Office Closures (Cumbria)

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

I rise to present a petition on behalf of the supporters of Hayton post office in Penrith and The Border constituency. It has been signed by almost 500 people in the small village of Hayton—users of the post office and local villagers. The petitioners declare:

That Post Offices are a vital part of the social fabric of the local community and must be preserved; they note that the Government is continually reducing Post Office business which should and could continue to be done by Post Offices thus keeping them viable. The Petitioners believe that mobile Post Offices cannot be a substitute for the village shop or the Post Office, which is often the hub of social and community life and the centre of informal networking which binds a village together.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to instruct Post Office Ltd to retain Hayton Post Office in Penrith and The Border constituency.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.