Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Lancashire Post Offices Closure Plans Announced

This is the full list of Lancashire Post Offices that may face closure in the latest round of cuts announced today by the so-called "People's Post Office".

Lancaster and Morecambe has already suffered massive cuts to its sub post office network in recent years, but complaints were met with a "use it or lose it" response from then sitting MP Hilton Dawson.

The six-week public consultation period for this Plan begins on 22 January, 2008, and all representations should be received by 3 March, 2008.
To express their views, people should write to Richard Lynds, Network Development Manager, c/o National Consultation Team, FREEPOST CONSULTATION TEAM, email: consultation@postoffice.co.uk or call the Customer Helpline: 08457 22 33 44.

Locally, one more post office - Bargain Booze on Greaves - is additional to the post offices outined in a leaked list of post office closures published by various local newspapers earlier this month.

Local councillors have already responded angrily to the proposals. Commenting on the proposed closure of the Ridge post office Councillor John Whitelegg described the plans as a kick in the teeth for Ridge residents.

"Local post offices are an essential part of the community and do much more than sell stamps," he says. " The closure of Ridge Sq post office will seriously hurt elderly people, those without a car and all those who need to use local services. This closure is a despicable attack on vulnerable people and local green party councillors will do all in their power to fight it.

“I have contacted the chief executive of the Post Office and invited him to join me with two small children and pushchairs to walk from Ridge Sq Post Office to the nearest alternative Post Office (Ullswater Roadd) This is the only way to appreciate how ridiculous it is to close a valuable local facility.”

Local Offices

Kellet Road, 114 Kellet Road, Carnforth, LA5 9LS

Higher Greaves, Bargain Booze, 2 - 4 Greaves Drive, Lancaster, LA1 4UD
The Ridge, 14 Ridge Square, Lancaster, LA1 3HR

Middleton, 5 Carr Lane, Middleton, Morecambe, LA3 3JQ

Nether Kellet
Nether Kellet, Halton Road, Nether Kellet, Carnforth, LA6 1ES

Yealand Redmayne
Yealand, Village Hall, Footeran Lane, Yealand Redmayne, Carnforth, LA5 9SU

The following local Post Office branches are proposed for replacement by an outreach solution:

Glasson Dock, 14-16 Tithbarn Hill, Glasson Dock, Lancaster, LA2 0BY
Quernmore, Temperance Hotel, Quernmore, Lancaster, LA2 9EH

Other Lancashire Offices
Church, 9a Market Street, Church, Accrington, BB5 0DP
Huncoat, 10-12 Station Road, Huncoat, Accrington, BB5 6LS

Lee Mill, 95 Newchurch Road, Bacup, OL13 0DH

Gisburn Road, 61 Gisburn Road, Barnoldswick, BB18 5HB

Belthorn, 8 Holden Street, Belthorn, Blackburn, BB1 2NU
Preston New Road, 47 Preston New Road, Blackburn, BB2 6AE
St Huberts, 108 Queen Street, Great Harwood, Blackburn, BB6 7AL
Mellor Brook, Branch Road, Mellor Brook, Blackburn, BB2 7NY

North Drive, 216 Victoria Road West, Thornton Cleveleys, Blackpool, FY5 3NG
Red Bank Road, 19-21 Red Bank Road, Bispham, Blackpool, FY2 9HN
St Annes Road, 1 Harcourt Road, Blackpool, FY4 3ET
Torsway Avenue, 39 Torsway Avenue, Layton, Blackpool, FY3 8LD
Great Singleton, Lodge Lane, Singleton, Blackpool, FY6 8LS

Turton, 87 Wellington Road, Turton, Bolton, BL7 0EA

Cheapside, 702 Padiham Road, Burnley, BB12 6LG
Hapton, 31 Church Street, Hapton, Burnley, BB12 7LA
Higham, 2 Cross Street, Higham, Burnley, BB12 9HD
Parliament Street, 70 Parliament Street, Burnley, BB11 3JZ
Piccadilly Road, 32 Piccadilly Road, Burnley, BB11 4PU
Walk Mill, 19-21 Park Road, Cliviger, Burnley, BB10 4SL

Catforth, The Poultry Farm, Square Lane, Catforth, Preston, PR4 0HH

Bolton Road, 91-93 Bolton Street, Chorley, PR7 3AG
Chapel Lane, 118 Chapel Lane, Coppull, Chorley, PR7 4PN
Charnock Richard, Houghs Mini Market, 71 Church Lane, Charnock Richard, Chorley, PR7 5NA
Eccleston Bridge, 106 Towngate, Eccleston, Chorley, PR7 5QS
Withnell Mill, 20 Bury Lane, Withnell, Chorley, PR6 8RX

Newton-in-Bowland, Salisbury Bungalow, Newton-in-Bowland, Clitheroe, BB7 3DZ

The following Post Office branches are proposed for replacement by an outreach solution:

Bashall Eaves, Old School House, Rabbit Lane, Bashall Eaves, Clitheroe, BB7 3DB
Bolton-by-Bowland, 2 Main Street, Bolton By Bowland, Clitheroe, BB7 4NW

Foulridge, Glenwynn Causeway, Foulridge, Colne, BB8 7PH

Sunnyhurst, 99 Hindle Street, Darwen, BB3 1NF

Elswick (temporarily closed), Burton House Stores, High Street, Elswick, Preston, PR4 3ZB

Lighthouse, 66 North Albert Street, Fleetwood, FY7 6AR

Bent Lane, 63 Bent Lane, Leyland, PR25 4HR

Lytham St. Annes
Warton Street, 65 Warton Street, Lytham St Annes, FY8 5DG

Barkerhouse Road, 75 Barkerhouse Road, Nelson, BB9 9ET
Carr Hall, 22 Bedford Street, Barrowford, Nelson, BB9 6DA
Hill Place, 12 Hill Place, Nelson, BB9 0QB

Shirdley Hill, 55 Renacres Lane, Ormskirk, L39 8SG

Poulton le Fylde
Hodderway, 2 Hardhorn Way, Poulton Le Fylde, Blackpool, FY6 8AE

The Evening Post revealed earlier this month that offices at Broughton and Bilsborrow on Preston's rural fringe and Plungington in the city have all received letters telling them they are safe.

Acregate Lane, 2 Ribbleton Avenue, Preston, PR1 5RY
Deepdale Road, 209 Deepdale Road, Preston, PR1 6LJ
Hutton, Village Store, 167 Liverpool Road, Hutton, Preston, PR4 5FE
Manchester Road, 186 Selbourne Street, Preston, PR1 4LB
Moor Nook, 50 Pope Lane, Ribbleton, Preston, PR2 6JN
Churchtown, Maycroft, The Green, Churchtown, Preston, PR3 0HS
Rawcliffe, Whin Lane, Out Rawcliffe, Preston, PR3 6TH
Billington, 1 Bonny Grass Terrace, Billington, Clitheroe, BB7 9LY
Samlesbury, 4 St James Terrace, Samlesbury, Preston, PR5 0UT
Mere Brow, 27 The Gravel, Mere Brow, Preston, PR4 6JX
Much Hoole, 2 Smithy Lane, Much Hoole, Preston, PR4 4GN

The following Post Office branches are proposed for replacement by an outreach solution:

Calder Vale, Victoria Terrace, Calder Vale, Preston, PR3 1SJ
Chipping, 20-22 Talbot Street, Chipping, Preston, PR3 2QE

Longshoot, 19 Birch Avenue, Haslingden, Rossendale, BB4 5NF

Churchtown, 38 Manor Road, Southport, PR9 7LE
Forest Road, 5 Forest Road, Southport, PR8 6ST

Mossy Lea, 273 Mossy Lea Road, Wrightington, Wigan, WN6 9RN

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