OAPs have been told to get on a bus for a 90- minute round journey or walk a mile if they want to collect their pension.
This is Cllr Raizia Daniels’ interpretation of advice given to customers of the Handbridge Post Office who are set to lose the branch as part of a nationwide closure programme of 2,500 sub-post offices.
Customers are recommended to use the city centre post office as an alternative to Handbridge, but Cllr Daniels (Con, Handbridge and St Mary’s) calculates the bus journey would take an hour-and-a- half and walking could be difficult for people with mobility problems.
She said: “Have these post office managers ever bothered to visit Handbridge?”
“First of all, the walk is not easy and involves a hill and that is a steep hill if you are of a certain age. Secondly, the bus is 90 minutes if you take into account waiting times.
“This Labour government will have you believe that it is the party of the pensioner, but this closure programme has Labour showing its true colours.”
Cllr Daniels is collecting signatures as part of a city-wide petition containing more than 5,000 names.
She added: “Handbridge Post Office is not a bankrupt and under-used business. Far from it. It is vibrant, busy, valued, popular and clearly an asset for the community and the city’s Post Office network.”