Penrith post office petition to be presented

Date: Tuesday 12th March 2019

PENRITH and the Border MP Rory Stewart is to present his petition against the planned closure of Penrith post office to its management on Friday.

The Post Office announced in January its intention to relocate its Penrith operation from the standalone site in Crown Square to the WH Smith store in Angel Square.

At the same time, a consultation was launched to gauge the community’s views on the plans, and many people have raised concerns about the size and suitability of the space selected.

Mr Stewart, who shared the community’s concerns, launched an online petition to stop this move in February, which quickly amassed more than a thousand signatures.

At the same time, paper copies were circulated around Penrith, which gained many more names. These will be collected over the coming days, and the complete petition will be presented to Richard Hall, external affairs manager, later this week.

Mr Stewart said: "I have serious concerns about the planned relocation of the Penrith post office, as I have repeatedly made clear to its management.

"I very much hope that, by presenting this petition, I will demonstrate the will of the people of Penrith who collectively oppose the move to Angel Square.

"The current site is spacious and appropriate to the needs of the community and I hope that the management recognise this and agree to cancel the move.”