Thousands sign petition against post office switch

Date: Friday 22nd March 2019

ALMOST 4,000 people have signed a petition to save Penrith post office, which Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart gave to a representative from the Post Office’s management on Friday.

The petition, started by Mr Stewart and supported by a cross-party coalition of councillors, received a total of 3,682 signatures, which is equivalent to around 25 per cent of Penrith’s population.

The names were collected on physical copies of the petition which were circulated around the town, in addition to an online version which received around 1,500 signatures.

The petition was handed to Richard Hall, Post Office external affairs manager, at a meeting on Friday, at which Mr Stewart again made clear the reasons why he and the town oppose the proposed relocation.

The Post Office announced in January its intention to relocate its Penrith operation from the stand-alone site in Crown Square to the WHSmith store in Angel Square. At the same time, a consultation was launched to gauge the community’s views on the plans, with many people raising concerns about the size and suitability of the space selected.

Mr Stewart said: “I would like to thank everybody who signed and supported this petition, which I am hopeful will make the Post Office’s management think again.

“The wonderful response which the petition received makes clear the strength and breadth of opposition to this relocation and the community’s satisfaction with the current arrangement.

“Mr Hall listened to the concerns that we expressed on Friday — particularly about space and access in the new site — and I will continue to make this case in further meetings.”