A POSTAL service watchdog is calling for the public’s views about Post Office cuts.
Even though Ellesmere Port itself has escaped the latest round of service cuts, Parkgate Post Office has been earmarked for the chop, along with eight others in Chester and several in Wirral.
Postwatch, the independent watchdog for postal services, has now urged all customers – not just those in affected areas – to have their say on the cuts.
The Government has decided that, because of financial losses and falling customer numbers, up to 2,500 post offices should close.
Post Office Ltd, through its Network Change Programme, has proposed a number of branches for the chop, subject to public consultation. The consultation period for Merseyside, Wirral and Cheshire finishes on Monday.
Judith Donovan CBE, chair of Postwatch Northern England, said: “There’s still time for customers to give comments to Post Office Ltd for the proposed changes in their area. Constructive input from local communities is important.
“Changes are going to take place in the post office network. It is essential these are made with the benefit of local customer feedback to help minimise inconvenience and disruption.
“Postwatch has scrutinised and provided initial comments on Post Office Ltd’s proposals. Our final position, however, will take into account responses made by customers during the consultation period.”
For details, visit www.postoffice.co.uk /networkchange, call 08457 22 33 44, or e-mail consultation@postoffice. co.uk.