Apology over post office closure

Birkenshaw Post Office. (D511E401)
Birkenshaw Post Office. (D511E401)

The Post Office has apologised for leaving Birkenshaw without a service since the Bradford Road office closed last June.

The office closed suddenly and customers were directed to branches in Tong Street and Drighlington, more than a mile away.

More than six months later, the village still has no dedicated post office.

Bill Harvey, from Birkenshaw Village Association, said: “When the post office closed there was a great deal of chatter, but everything died down and we haven’t heard anything since.

“All kinds of rumours are going round, such as different operations in the village are going to take it over.

“It’s a mystery and we don’t know anything. I have been using the one in Birstall but it’s inconvenient.

“The post office is the centre of the village and people need it.

“There is no doubt driving to Birstall is a great inconvenience.”

Coun Robert Light (Con, Birkenshaw) said councillors were working with the Post Office to find a solution.

He said: “Work is going on to find suitable premises.”

A Post Office spokesperson said: “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of Birkenshaw Post Office in June 2013 following the withdrawal of the premises for Post Office use.

“We would like to reassure customers that we are working hard to restore the service to the community as soon as possible and are committed to maintaining services in the area. In the meantime, customers can access Post Office services at nearby branches including Tong Street, Drighlington, Bierley, Birstall or Gomersal.”