Labour MP Bill Esterson writes to Lib Dem Minister to call for g

Bill Esterson and members of the Maghull Labour Action Team

 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has written to the Lib Dem Minister Jo Swinson to join him in calling for Post Office Ltd to intervene to save Deyes Lane Post Office.

Post Office Ltd has announced that the popular Deyes Lane office is set to close, despite hundreds of people in Maghull opposing the closure plan.

Bill Esterson has been campaigning to save the post office which he says is a vital life-line for many people in the community and essential for the neighbouring businesses.

In a letter to the Lib Dem Minister responsible for post office, Jo Swinson MP, Bill writes: "Post Office Ltd has decided not to retain the sub-post office in Deyes Lane Post in spite of hundreds of objections to its closure.  A reduced service will instead be provided in Singh News on Moss Lane.
 
"I have consistently opposed this closure and I am very concerned that the Government is making a major assault on our postal services.

"The Government should be working with communities to ensure that the Post Office and Royal Mail are run in the interests the customers and the communities in which they serve. The Post Office describes itself as a commercial organisation with a social purpose but my suspicion is that the financial aspects of the organisation are being prioritised and the need to be at the heart of the community is being disregarded."

Bill also said the Tory-Lib Dem Government was condemning post offices up and down the country to closure, regardless of the long term impact to the communities in which they serve.

In his letter to the Lib Dem Minister, Bill continues: "The Government is making the Post Office reduce the subsidy its pays to support local branches and that is leading to decisions like the one to close the Post Office in Deyes Lane.

"Although the Deyes Lane Post Office is being re-located many customers have told me that it’s too far and they won't be able to get there – to many people half a mile further may as well be a 100 miles away.
 
"The Post Office in Maghull Town Square is already struggling to cope with demand and will struggle further if the decision to close the office in Deyes Lane goes ahead.

"I am therefore urging the Post Office to think again and would ask you [Ms Swinson] to intervene to ensure the residents of Maghull can maintain full access to the first class service that they deserve."