WEB EXCLUSIVE: Post Office hitlist revealed

SEVEN Huntingdonshire post office branches will be earmarked for closure when Post Office Limited announces its hit-list next week. Documents obtained by The Hunts Post reveal that branches at Catworth, Earith, Great Gidding, Great Gransden, Great Stukele

SEVEN Huntingdonshire post office branches will be earmarked for closure when Post Office Limited announces its hit-list next week.

Documents obtained by The Hunts Post reveal that branches at Catworth, Earith, Great Gidding, Great Gransden, Great Stukeley, Holme and Ramsey St Mary's will be recommended to close.

The branch at Great Stukeley will close altogether with no provision made for alternative services.

The other six branches will see some provision for post office services once the branches are closed, including mobile services for limited hours during the week.


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In Earith, it is proposed that some post office services be moved into the Riverview Hotel, with extended opening hours.

A campaign has already been launched in Great Gransden to save the village post office from closure. District councillor Barbara Boddington said: "Post offices are an essential community meeting point and we will fight to save ours."

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Post Office Ltd is shutting 2,500 post office branches across the country as part of its 'Network Change' programme. It says that smaller post offices are not financially viable.

For full reaction to the list, and what the future holds for the threatened branches, see the next edition of The Hunts Post, out on July 9.

Catworth

The post office at Catworth will close, with a mobile post office service providing five hours per week proposed as a replacement by Post Office Ltd.

Earith

The post office at Earith will close, with some post office services expected to move into the nearby Riverview Hotel.

Great Gransden

The post office at Great Gransden has been earmarked for closure, but some services may remain in a partnership deal with the village shop.

Great Gidding

The post office at Great Gidding will close, with a mobile post office service providing eight hours per week proposed as a replacement by Post Office Ltd.

Great Stukeley

The post office at Great Stukeley will close. The nearest alternative branches are approximately two miles away in Oxmoor, Huntingdon and Alconbury.

Holme

The post office at Holme will close, with a mobile post office service providing eight hours per week proposed as a replacement by Post Office Ltd.

Ramsey St Mary's

The post office at Ramsey St Mary's will close, though some post office services may be retained in a partnership deal with the village shop.

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