The final deadline for submitting responses to the Post Office Closure programme consultation for Hampshire & the Isle of Wight finished on Monday – with detailed responses submitted by ourselves and others for most of the post offices in the local area.
However, all this detailed work mustnâ€™t let us lose sight of the fact that ultimately these closures stem from a Government decision backed by Gordon Brown. The Government decided to close these 2,500 post offices. Post Office Management are just administering a government decision. Thatâ€™s why I was in Downing Street today with Chris Huhne MP, Sandra Gidley MP and Councillor Kelsie Learney presenting the petitions we collected opposing the closure.
Post Offices are a vital lifeline in our area (and most other areas), especially for pensioners and people who donâ€™t have easy access to transport. In rural areas they are often the last shop in the village.
Incidentally, this was my first time outside Downing Street. I got chatting to one of the police officers there and we agreed that we were surprised how tatty bits of it appeared to be. Perhaps it’s the time I spent marketing washing powder, or perhaps I’ve got fabric on my mind due to the campaign for the Textile Conservation Centre, but I was surprised how discoloured the net curtains looked (I was actually quite surprised that they had net curtains): they looked like they could do with a wash!