Hatfield post office staff: 'pensioners will lose out'

PUBLISHED: 18:45 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009

Sona Patel with Norma and Brenda Osborn

Sona Patel with Norma and Brenda Osborn

STUNNED post office workers have said they fear for elderly customers after big wigs announced their branches were to be given the chop. Following last Tuesday's proposals to shut four Times Territory post offices, owners have spoken of their anger at the

STUNNED post office workers have said they fear for elderly customers after big wigs announced their branches were to be given the chop.

Following last Tuesday's proposals to shut four Times Territory post offices, owners have spoken of their anger at the closures.

As reported in last week's WHT, two Hatfield branches along with the Marsden Road store in WGC and the counter in Little Heath are set to be condemned as 2,500 stores nationwide are culled.

Sona Patel, at Roe Green post office, Hatfield, which was listed to be shut said it was a huge blow to the family-run business.

"I am very, very angry," said the postmistress at the Bishops Rise branch.

"This is a family business that has been going for 22 years and is as busy as ever.

"We are in a great position with the parking and only because we have two branches either side of us we have been told to close.

"The pensioners are the ones that are going to lose out the most and they are really fired up.

"I fear there is nothing we can do now as we kind of knew there was a chance we could go.

"What we need is 20 elderly people that really rely on us to write in during this consultation and state their unhappiness or this could be it."

Owen Burrough, a worker at Salisbury Square post office, another doomed branch, said that customers were "very upset and annoyed" by the decision to close the Hatfield store.

"All our regulars cannot believe it," he said.

"No one knew this was coming and it came as a great shock.

"We thought we would be safe but it looks like we have been shut because we are too close to the one in the town centre.

"It's not fair on the elderly customers.

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