Anger mounts over plan to move Post Office

The Bottle Stop on Brunshaw Avenue
The Bottle Stop on Brunshaw Avenue

People living in Cliviger and Pike Hill have been voicing their concerns to the Post Office over plans to move the facility from Pike Hill to the Brunshaw estate.

The Burnley Express revealed last month that a consultation period had been launched to relocate the post office from Brownside Road to the Bottle Stop convenience store in Brunshaw Avenue, from next spring.

I’m 79 and have difficulty walking. There’s no way I can get down to Brunshaw. The bus service down there is appalling and I won’t be able to use the steps and the ramp.

Ruth Bryce (79)

But residents living in Cliviger said they will have to catch two buses to the proposed new site and many have now written to the Post Office to object to the move on the basis that Brunshaw Avenue is a steep hill and inaccessible, the Brunshaw estate already has a post office, Pike Hill has a well established cluster of shops ideal for elderly people, there is a regular bus service to Pike Hill shops but no service to Brunshaw, there are large numbers of elderly and disabled people who find Pike Hill Post Office easily accessible with a wheelchair or mobility scooter. Many also said they would not feel safe collecting their pensions from the Brunshaw estate, which they claim is the target of anti-social behaviour.

Ruth Bryce (79), of Pike Hill, said: “I’m 79 and have difficulty walking. There’s no way I can get down to Brunshaw. The bus service down there is appalling and I won’t be able to use the steps and the ramp. People from Cliviger and Worsthorne won’t be able to get there.”

Another resident added: “Hopefully lots more people will raise their concerns. It was so easy to do. Everyone who signed a petition needs to raise their views individually. One petition with thousands of signatures counts as one view.”

Burnley MP Julie Cooper has also said she is against the plans and vowed to support residents. Those who want to contact the Post Office with their views before the January 25th deadline can do so by filling in an online questionnaire, calling 03457223344 or visiting www.postofficeviews.co.uk.