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Reassuring news in the fight to save Pudsey post office

Since the shock announcement of the potential closure of Pudsey Post Office, Calverley and Farsley Labour Party joined forces with Pudsey Labour Party, local residents and the Communications Workers Union to start a campaign to save the Post Office, and its historic building.

Although outside of our ward, many local residents rely on the larger post office branch which offers more services and ensures people don’t have to travel into Bradford or Leeds to access essential services.

Following conversations with local businesses about concerns of the further demise of Pudsey as a town centre, it is clear that the Post Office offers much more to the area than the services it offers, serving as a hub for the community and a prominent part of Pudsey’s high street.

Pudsey Labour Councillor Josie Jarosz said:

“Myself and my ward colleagues will be working tirelessly to explore all options for the maintenance of this service, including the possibility of franchising. We are determined that these important community facilities remain available to the people of Pudsey.”

Following a packed Pudsey/Swinnow forum meeting to discuss the proposals, a petition from a local resident, and a successful street protest organised by the two Labour Party branches, we have now received confirmation that a commercial partner has been found to operate the branch in the existing building.

The proposal, which has been out for consultation, confirms that the services offered will remain the same, with five serving counters, and there will be extended opening hours on a Saturday until 5:30pm. The branch will undergo an internal refurbishment to accommodate more retail space for gifts, cards and stationery to allow a commercial income.

If you would like to read more about the proposals, more detail will be published after the consultation responses have been reviewed at postofficeviews.co.uk by entering the branch code which is 011323.

Posted on by Peter Carlill / Posted in Campaigns, Pudsey.
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