Join the post office protest march
PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:03 26 October 2009
WITH the guillotine set to fall on post offices across Times Territory next month now is the time for you, our readers to stand up and fight for an endangered public service, writes Ben Griffiths. This Saturday, hundreds are expected to march against plan
WITH the guillotine set to fall on post offices across Times Territory next month now is the time for you, our readers to stand up and fight for an endangered public service, writes Ben Griffiths.
This Saturday, hundreds are expected to march against plans to cull 2,500 post offices nationwide.
The rally, in conjunction with the WHT Your Post Office Needs You campaign, will take place at three separate spots at 10am.
Residents can congregate outside the post office in Hatfield town centre, the Howardsgate branch, WGC, or join the march from the Marsden Road store also in WGC.
Banner waving campaigners are expected to walk to the fountain on Parkway where MP Grant Shapps and, possibly, WHT editor Terry Mitchinson, will speak about the plight.
With the consultation into which branches are set for the chop to roll into the county on July 8, Mr Shapps urged people to attend the rally.
He said: "Everyone knows how important the post office is and it's residents' duty to come out and support it.
"Closing them is really like a reckless act of vandalism in our community.
"I really hope that people will come out and join us to show there support on Saturday morning.
"Knowing that the government intends to close three of the 17 post offices in Welwyn Hatfield is a bit like them playing Russian roulette with postmasters."
Borough councillor Tony Skottowe, Lib Dem group leader, also confirmed that his party would be backing the action against the closures and would attend.
He said: "If they closed my local post office it would be catastrophic and I think it is so important that we fight this decision.
"Maybe if the Government was doing it for a different reason I may understand but to be closing them down over distance is nonsense.