Fight to save Heckmondwike travel agent

CAMPAIGNING Coun Steve Hall.
CAMPAIGNING Coun Steve Hall.

Holidaymakers are urged to support a fight to save a Heckmondwike travel agent.

Co-op Travel in Northgate has been earmarked for closure by owners Thomas Cook, with the loss of four jobs.

The plans were first announced in March.

But Heckmondwike councillor Steve Hall (Lab) said the plans were not definite.

And he urged people to write to the group to ask them to spare the shop.

“My wife and I have written to Thomas Cook to say we are against the proposals – we don’t think they are thinking it through,” he said.

“The proposed bus station and library is right next to it, and the first thing people will see when they come out is going to be the Co-op Travel shop.”

Coun Hall said he thought the proposals were a bit premature.

“It is the only travel agent in Heckmondwike and it offers a good service to the people of the town,” he said.

“The staff are tremendous. We were in Tenerife during the Icelandic volcano eruption in 2010 and the staff were brilliant.

“They stayed until 7pm or 8pm helping us out. I don’t think many travel agents would have done that.

“A lot of people use them time and time again, and we have used them for at least 15 years.

“I think Thomas Cook would be making a big mistake closing the shop.”

In Dewsbury, a campaign was started after WHSmith announced it was to close its Princess of Wales Precinct store in May 2011.

Shoppers were unhappy with the decision, and councillors and MP Simon Reevell stepped in.

After a month of talks, the retailer made a u-turn, pledging to keep the store open for at least five years.

The decision was welcomed by many in the community, who did not want to see another empty shop.

Coun Hall added: “If Co-op Travel closed it would leave a shop empty in Heckmondwike town centre, which would be a shame for the town.”

Write to Thomas Cook Business Park, Coningsby Road, Peterborough, PE3 8SB.