Public meeting over future of Burnley Post Office

Burnley Post Office
Burnley Post Office

A public meeting will be held tonight (Tuesday) to discuss the imminent threat to Burnley’s Crown Post Office.

The Burnley Express revealed in February that the Post Office planned to franchise 20% of all British Crown post offices, including Burnley’s Hargreaves Street branch, leading to the loss of services and jobs.

A meeting will be held tonight at the Burnley Mechanics Theatre from 6-30pm where a representative from the Post Office and the Communication Workers’ Union will present their views.

Under the plans, branches would close and Post Office services would be operated from shops in the local area.

Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle has been invited to attend but has said he will not be going due to other commitments.

Burnley’s Labour group launched a campaign to prevent the service being franchised.

Coun. Andy Tatchell said: “I think it is very disappointing our MP cannot attend this very important meeting.

“He is burying his head in the sand if he thinks Burnley Post Office is not in danger of closing. The staff and the people of Burnley need all the help we can in trying to save this valuable service.

“Staff at the Burnley branch have been told that interest has been expressed in all those offices earmarked for closure.

“If we lose our Post Office the service will undoubtedly be diminished. We do not want to see huge queues of people, particularly the elderly, waiting for services at the back of a shop.”

Communication Workers’ Union General Secretary Billy Hayes called the move a “partial destruction of the Crown network.”

He added: “This move will have a huge impact on the high streets of small towns earmarked to lose their Crown Post Office.

“These offices provide a dedicated specialist service to communities which will not be replicated by a window or two in a bigger shop.”