Jo Swinson has pledged to fight Government plans to axe any more East Dunbartonshire Post Offices.
overnment Ministers have already revealed plans for the compensated closures of 2,500 Post Offices nationwide. Final decisions over which branches will be affected are currently being taken, but an announcement of these details is on hold while officials inform sub-postmasters facing closure. A public consultation on the closures in the West of Scotland will begin on October 22nd.
Commenting on the proposals, Jo said:
“It is bad enough that people across the country will lose vital local services because of these Post Office cuts, but in East Dunbartonshire there really is no scope for further closures. We have already lost one third of all the Post Offices in our area since 2004. As things stand we simply cannot lose any more.
“Next month people will have the opportunity to put their views across to the Post Office’s public consultation. I will be fighting tooth and nail against any cuts announced in East Dunbartonshire, and urge residents who value their local Post Office to do likewise.”
In 2005 Jo campaigned against the closure of the Post Office counter in Morrisons supermarket in Bishopbriggs. The Post Office was saved when local businessman John Dickson agreed to house the service in his local store. More recently, Jo has campaigned against the relocation of Kirkintilloch Post Office to the town’s WH Smith store.