A POLITICIAN has slammed the Post Office over plans to shut the Halton Lea branch and move it into WHSmith.
Weaver Vale MP Mike Hall, who was invited by the Post Office to comment on the transfer to the high street chain, believes customers will suffer from the move.
The Halton Lea transfer is one of 70 as part of a nationwide restructuring programme.
Mr Hall said: 'The Post Office has said its business nationwide is losing £4m a week.
'However, it has not given specific reasons why it wants to transfer the Halton Lea Post Office to WHSmith.'
It is understood the decision is commercial and therefore not subject to public debate or consent.
But Mr Hall wants the Post Office to think again. He said: 'I believe moving the Post Office to WHSmith will result in a reduction of service, queues will get longer and the time waiting to get served will increase.
'I want it to consider the case for keeping the Halton Lea Post Office at its current location.'
Post Office managing director Alan Cook said: 'This partnership is about keeping major Post Office branches open in towns and cities and avoiding closures.'