Cotswold DC - Plea on future of Post Offices

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Cotswold DC - Plea on future of Post Offices

Cotswold District Council has called on the Government to protect village life by saving rural post offices from closure.

A meeting of Council yesterday, a motion was carried asking the Government to immediately confirm that it will continue to financially support rural post offices across Gloucestershire.

The motion, proposed by Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe and seconded by Gloucestershire County Council Leader and District Councillor Barry Dare, recognised that post offices are particularly valued by some of the District's more vulnerable residents.

Cllr Stowe said: "It is vital to protect services in our rural areas and market towns. Post offices are often cornerstones of thriving and sustainable communities.

"In many villages, such as Mickleton where I live, there is no bank and one in seven residents relies on the post office to be able to withdraw cash.

"That cash is then spent in the wider local economy, helping to sustain our communities.

"If we lose our rural post offices, many people will be stuck without vital services. The Government doesn't appreciate the realities of rural living. Many villages don't even have a bus service and some people just can't afford to travel to larger towns on a regular basis.

"We know some postmasters are finding it hard to make a living and we want to see immediate action from the Government to secure the future of these vital services."

The Council will now write to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to demand immediate reassurance.

Posted : 29/11/2006 18:38:35

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