Pub backs cam­paign to save post of­fice

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By DAVID SEY­MOUR david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ twit­ter@et­david­sey­mour

WOR­RIED res­i­dents have launched a cam­paign to se­cure the fu­ture of a post of­fice branch they fear is at risk of clo­sure.

Cam­paign­ers have been sign­ing up to a pe­ti­tion to keep open the branch in the Wer­ring­ton Cen­tre, fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of its sub­post­mas­ter and re­ports its cur­rent home, newsagents News­plus Group, is to close.

Post Of­fice man­agers have pledged to keep a ser­vice in the area.

But mem­bers of the public have ral­lied to show the strength of feel­ing on the sub­ject, with a neigh­bour­ing pub land­lord even of­fer­ing his premises as a pos­si­ble new home for the post of­fice

Andy Sim­monds, who runs The Plough­man pub at the cen­tre, said he has ap­proached the Post Of­fice with an of­fer to con­vert part of the pub into a branch to keep a ser­vice in the area. The pub it­self is ear­marked for de­mo­li­tion by Tesco, but has been de­liv­ered a stay of ex­e­cu­tion for now.

He said: “I want to of­fer the post of­fice a home. I will not see it close.”

The pub is one of a num­ber of lo- cal busi­nesses where the pe­ti­tion can be signed and Mr Sim­monds said more than 100 sig­na­tures have been col­lected in a mat­ter of days.

He called on Tesco, own­ers of the Wer­ring­ton Cen­tre, to find space for a branch.

He said: “They should be do­ing ev­ery­thing they can to guar­an­tee and sus­tain this com­mu­nity ser­vice.”

The cam­paign has been backed by mem­bers of Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil for Wer­ring­ton North.

Cllr John Fox said: “We can’t af­ford to lose it.”

Cllr Steve Lane added: “A well­sup­ported pe­ti­tion will at least prove the need from our com­mu­nity point of view.

“We ex­pect that Post Of­fice Ltd would wel­come a new sub-postmaster and all the stops need pulling out to find one.”

Spokes­men for Tesco and News­plus Group were un­avail­able to com­ment,

A Post Of­fice spokesman said it was com­mit­ted to retaining a ser­vice in the area and was ex­plor­ing a num­ber of op­tions.

new home?: The Plough­man could house a Post Of­fice, says land­lord Andy Sim­monds.

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