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Hundreds support fight to keep delivery office open

Postal Protest - June 2012: Coun Viv Kendrick, in red, with members of the Communication Workers Union who are keen to stop the closure of Heckmondwike postal delivery office.

Postal Protest - June 2012: Coun Viv Kendrick, in red, with members of the Communication Workers Union who are keen to stop the closure of Heckmondwike postal delivery office.

The fight to save a post delivery office has collected around a thousand signatures on a petition.

The petition was launched by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) in protest against the closure of Heckmondwike delivery office, which the Royal Mail wants to axe by August 31.

If the closure goes ahead work will move to Batley’s delivery office in Grange Road.

Protesters collected 500 signatures from people around the town centre in just two hours on Saturday.

And people having been coming forward in their hundreds to sign the petition that has been placed in shops.

Andy Lee, from the CWU, was among those collecting signatures on Saturday.

He said: “It was a good day, we took just over 500 signatures.

“We didn’t have one person that didn’t support the campaign, and I think that’s simply because of where the Batley office is – in such an inaccessible place.

“After talking to local people, they are all quite disgusted about it, especially with there being no consultation with the community. People feel like it’s just another business that’s being removed from the area.

“We’ve got petitions in the shops in the area – I’ve been led to believe that overall we’ve got 1,200 to 1,500 signatures.”

The petition will be presented to Royal Mail at the end of this month, and Mr Lee hopes to set up a public meeting with the community and the company in the near future.

The campaign has also launched a Facebook page and has the backing of Spen MP Mike Wood and the ward’s Labour councillors.

 

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