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Save Headingley Post Office

Save Headingley Post OfficeI have helped launch a community campaign to #SaveHeadingleyPostOffice from closure.

The Crown Post Office branch based in the Arndale Centre on Otley Road is one of a number of Post Offices that has been ear-marked for franchising, making it likely that the branch will close and instead a small counter will be placed in a nearby shop or supermarket.

In 2008 the Far Headingley Post Office closed, following this Post Office Limited made assurances that the Arndale site would not suffer because of it. They promised to strengthen the service at this site so that the community would not be negatively affected by the initial closures.

I visited the staff at the Headingley Post Office and heard of the invaluable community service they provide, offering a wide range of advice to people, as well as, having a brilliant relationship with the residents. They shared their concerns over how it would impact the residents of Headingley.

If it were to close it would have a very negative impact on the people of Headingley. Where it is now, the Post Office is easily accessible by public transport and for the elderly residents. There are no assurances that this would be taken into account if it were to move into a different location.

I feel passionately that we should not let this fantastic service be diminished, it is important that we fight for our community, not only for the people who use this service, but for the brilliant employees who continue to work very hard for the residents of Headingley.

A petition has been started so that you can show your support for this worthy cause, so please sign this so your voice is heard: https://www.change.org/p/save-headingley-crown-post-office.

There is also a Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/saveheadingleycrownpostoffice2016/ and a Twitter Handle; @HeadingleyPO. You can show your support by liking, sharing and retweeting the various activity that will appear on these sites, don't forget to use the #SaveHeadingleyPostOffice.