Pupils add their voice to fight for post of­fice

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - KAREN BRIT­TON karen.brit­ton@men­media.co.uk @karenbrit­ton1

CHIL­DREN at a pri­mary school have got be­hind the cam­paign to keep the cen­tral post of­fice open.

The young­sters at St Al­ban’s Catholic Pri­mary School showed their support for the bat­tle against the plan to close the ded­i­cated Crown branch on Cas­tle Street in Mac­cles­field, which will see WHSmith op­er­ate a post of­fice counter as a fran­chise from the shop on Mill Street in­stead.

The pro­posal sparked out­rage among res­i­dents who fear the WHSmith shop will not be able to ac­com­mo­date cus­tomers.

Now the Year One chil­dren at St Al­ban’s have joined the cam­paign after staff at the Cas­tle Street branch helped them with a school project.

The branch gave teacher Amy Meachin sup­plies in­clud­ing en­velopes, mail sacks and leaflets for the project, based around The Jolly Christ­mas Post­man book which the chil­dren were study­ing.

This in­cluded tak­ing part in a role play set in a post of­fice cre­ated in the class­room, with class- mates serv­ing from a counter, work­ing on a till and col­lect­ing post.

The chil­dren wrote to the branch to thank staff for their help, then cre­ated Save our Post Of­fice posters in support of the cam­paign to keep the branch open. Miss Meachin said: “The re­sources pro­vided by the post of­fice re­ally helped bring the project to life.

“The chil­dren wrote and re­ceived their own let­ters and or­gan­ised the de­liv­ery of parcels through our own post of­fice. We even had a visit from a for­mer post­man.

“It’s so im­por­tant the chil­dren have gained an un­der­stand­ing of what a post of­fice does and the value of send­ing and re­ceiv­ing let­ters, es­pe­cially when there is an in­creased fo­cus on com­mu­ni­ca­tion through tech­nol­ogy and so many post of­fice clo­sures.

“The post of­fice is al­ways busy and a piv­otal part of the com­mu­nity which should be saved. WHSmith wouldn’t have the same com­mu­nity feel.”

Post Of­fice bosses are analysing feed­back from a con­sul­ta­tion.

Sally Buchanan, project man­ager, said: “We are care­fully con­sid­er­ing all the feed­back to en­sure we make the right decision.

“We ex­pect a decision by early Fe­bru­ary, though this may take longer de­pend­ing on the is­sues and other cir­cum­stances around the ser­vice.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate how im­por­tant Post Of­fice ser­vices are and be­lieve we will con­tinue to play a vi­tal role in ac­tiv­ity in Mac­cles­field should the move go ahead.”

The pro­posed re­lo­ca­tion will go ahead in March if ap­proved.

Andy Lam­bert

●● Year One pupils at St Al­ban’s Catholic Pri­mary have joined the cam­paign to save the Cas­tle Street post of­fice after staff there helped them with a school project

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