Andrew Allison

Post Office Closures – a local story

In post offices on December 14, 2007 at 11:49 pm

I want to tell you a story about Martin Bailey-Dalton. He is the postmaster at Grovehill Road Post Office in Beverley. Him, his wife and four-year-old daughter moved to Beverley just over three months ago from Hampshire. Not long after he bought the business the Royal Mail decided to close the post office, leaving him with a £175,000 mortgage, a property to sell and the fear that even after compensation is paid, he will not even come close to breaking even.

In properties all around the area there are signs in windows protesting against the closure. No one wants it. No one wants to trek in to Beverley town centre to join the long queues at the main post office. This is the human side of post office closures and before anyone thinks of petitioning the prime minister on the Downing Street website, 1500 local residents have already signed a petition against the closure and their calls have been greeted by deaf ears.

These closures will deeply affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the country. The elderly will no longer be able to access services without travelling. A hub of the local community will be taken away and the silence from the government is deafening.


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