A petition to save the Stone’s Post Office has been delivered to MP’s and Royal Mail officials by Stone Labour Party’s Women’s group.
Written and online versions of the petition which launched at the end of November have now collected more than 1,500 signatures, and the document will now be delivered by post to Sir Bill Cash MP, Greg Clark MP (Secretary of
State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Rebecca Long-Bailey MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) and the Post Office themselves.
The Post Office will be closing on the 13th January 2018 and will leave the town without a local Post Office. As reported in December, Stone Town Council are arranging for a bus service to aid those most affected by the closure, but it’s unclear how long it will take for a Post Office to return permanently to the town.
Speaking on the issue, Vice-Chair of the Women’s Group Sally Osborne-Town said: “Many who signed these petitions represent the vulnerable. The elderly, who often lack transport, not only depend on it for collecting pensions, benefits and stamps but also – now that the High Street has been reduced to only two banks- as a way of
drawing cash, which many still prefer to use.
“In fact, the only people who claim to be unaffected by the upcoming closure are those with health, strength, independence and a good income. This highlights the stark inequality of the closure.”
A letter sent with the petition is requesting that Sir Bill Cash uses his influence as MP for Stone to put pressure on decision makers for the benefit of his constituents.