Fight for survival

PUBLISHED: 18:40 07 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 26 October 2009

Demonstrators making their views known

Demonstrators making their views known

HUNDREDS of people joined opposition to the cull of 2,500 post offices nationwide as a campaign team rallied in a busy town centre. The band of around 40 petitioners, led by Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps, took to the streets of Hatfield and collected al

HUNDREDS of people joined opposition to the cull of 2,500 post offices nationwide as a campaign team rallied in a busy town centre.

The band of around 40 petitioners, led by Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps, took to the streets of Hatfield and collected almost 1,000 signatures against the inevitable closures.

Mr Shapps, who joined the WHT Your Post Needs You campaign last year said, that Hatfield residents were keen to "find out the facts" on Saturday.

He also conceded that he fears at least four post offices branches will close in Welwyn Hatfield.

"The whole day was very well received," he said.

"Because of the fact it was a Saturday and the farmers' market was there, there was a lot of interest.

"Lots of people were spontaneously coming up to let us know their concerns and ask how they can get involved.

"People wanted to know the facts and they wanted to know how many branches would be affected.

"Sadly we had to tell them that it could affect any post office in the area with the likelihood of about four branches closing."

He told the WHT that people could help the movement by downloading a petition pack from the campaign website and distribute themselves.

"We told people on Saturday that they can be proactive by going to the website," added Mr Shapps.

"It was a real success that we are planning something similar in WGC as days like this are proof that post offices are integral to all communities."

To sign or download the petition against the closures that are due to be announced in July 8, go to www.welhatpostoffices.org


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