Ossett loses Post Office

THE POST office in Ossett could be set to close after new franchise plans were announced. 

The branch, on Towngate, is one of 37 sites across the country the Post Office said it was “seeking partners” for.

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh said she was “disappointed” by the news that the premises may shut.

She said: “Towngate Crown Post Office is essential to the local community, and a large number of elderly and vulnerable people rely on its services.”

The Post Office said it will be seeking ‘partners’ for 37 of its directly-managed branches, in addition to 93 previously announced in the last calendar year, nearly half of which have now relocated into retail stores.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) slammed the announcement made last week.

General secretary Dave Ward said: “The latest round of closures is further evidence that the Post Office is in crisis and that the board of the company, backed by the Government, is simply pursuing a strategy of slash and burn.

“The CWU will not accept this and we will be stepping up our political and industrial campaign to fight for the future of the Post Office.”

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