My hon. Friend the Member for Ludlow (Mr. Dunne) and I have been campaigning hard to try to retain as many post offices in Shropshire as possible, but this evening I wish to present a petition on Ditherington—an appropriate name for the Prime Minister—post office in Shrewsbury. I have worked with the leader of the Labour party in Shrewsbury, Councillor Mosley, and the local Conservative councillor, Malcolm Price, to try to retain Ditherington post office, which is vital, providing the services that it does.
The petition states:
The Petition of users of Ditherington Post Office
Declares that the plan to close five Post Offices in the Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency will have a detrimental effect on the lives of local residents. The local Post Office is a vital and integral element of the local community, supporting social interaction between residents. They should not simply be assessed on an economic basis without taking into consideration the social economic value they offer to the local community. The proposed partial replacement of three of the Post Offices earmarked for closure by a mobile vehicle with restricted hours, and in some cases parked on the side of roads or in lay-bys, is a substandard solution not benefiting the world we live in today.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to instruct Post Office Ltd. to ensure that Ditherington Post Office is kept open.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.