Renewed appeal for views

FYLDE Citizens Advice Bureau is appealing again now the festive period is over for feedback on post offices closures.

The service, which is based in Kirkham, is warning that plans to axe them must not see pensioners, disabled people and those on low incomes struggle to access essential services.

It wants to know what people think so that it can get involved in the public consultation on post office closures which for Lancashire and Fylde with Southport starts on January 22.

Kim Cook, manager at Fylde CAB, said: "While we accept that some closures are inevitable, the post office is an absolute lifeline in rural areas like ours.

"The key question now is how essential services will be provided to those who need them most.

"The CAB is a strong supporter of local post offices, a large proportion of our clients rely on their local branch for a range of essential transactions, such as gaining access to their cash, paying bills and sending mail.

"We will be feeding in to the consultation exercise on behalf of our clients, and we would urge local people to make their views known too."

Fylde CAB would like residents to give their views, by letter if possible, on what it would mean to them if their local post office was closed and detail issues like distance to the next post office, how they would get there, the cost of doing so and what particular problems they would face.

Alternatively people can visit www.postoffice.co.uk for details on how to respond directly to the post office consultation team.

It is proposed under the new post office network that 95 per cent of a rural population would still be within three miles of a post office outlet.

With 23 per cent of Fylde's population over 65 and a rural transport system Fylde CAB is asking will this be good enough in the Fylde?