Use it or lose it

PUBLISHED: 11:41 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 26 October 2009

Mohammed Ashraf outside his post office

Mohammed Ashraf outside his post office

FOLLOWING the initiation of the WHT use it or lose it post office campaign another key figure has added his voice to the cause, writes Ben Griffiths. With 2,500 post offices set to close nationwide, uncertainty is rife amongst post offices in Times Terr

FOLLOWING the initiation of the WHT "use it or lose it" post office campaign another key figure has added his voice to the cause, writes Ben Griffiths.

With 2,500 post offices set to close nationwide, uncertainty is rife amongst post offices in Times Territory.

Mohammed Ashraf, owner of Brookmans Park post office in Bradmore Green, said that the elderly would be the ones most affected by closures.

It would be "very stressful" for regular customers to travel to another branch if they were to close.

"We do not think it will be us, but we cannot be sure," he said

"I think it is the old people that will suffer the greatest as they are the ones without the transport as we are part of the community.

"If we shut, most of our customers would have to go to Hatfield a very long, stressful journey.

"People are worried and all we can tell them is that we will let them know as soon as possible.

He added: "All we can do is put a brave face on."

Readers have also contacted the WHT expressing their dismay at the prospect of their nearest post office ceasing to exist.

One elderly reader pleaded that the post office in Welwyn should stay open.

She said: "I personally would find it extremely difficult to get to another post office bearing in mind my double hip replacement.

"I had to go to the main post office in WGC for a passport form and after standing in a very long queue I came out with more aches and pains."

A mother from Hatfield said local post offices were integral to many people's everyday life.

She said: "If you close any post office in Hatfield it is going to be hard for Mums and Dads with babies and elderly people to get to the other ones and in the cold, snow and rain of winter.

"It won't be fair on us.

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