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Anger at plan to close post offices.

ELEVEN post offices are to be closed in Liverpool including the city centre Lyceum branch which could be redeveloped.

Architects have already expressed interest in the listed 202-year-oldBold Street building, even before the final decision had been taken.

The cuts have been met with outrage and confusion and comes in the wake of petitions and protests by customers.

Labour MP for Riverside Louise Ellman, who has been campaigning for post offices to be kept open where possible said: ``I am very disappointed. I made strong representations to the Post Office and had a long meeting with them.

``I understand the reasoning behind closing the smaller branches, but I find it strange with the Lyceum because it seems a very busy branch.''

Post Office area manager Jim King said of the Lyceum closure: ``The harsh reality is that the Lyceum is not a commercially viable post office: it costs us more to run than the level of business it undertakes.''

Additional counter positions have been promised in the remaining branches to cope with increased demand.

A spokeswoman for the National Federation of Subpostmasters said: ``The Federation reluctantly recognises the need for a reorganisation of the urban post office network,but we are very concerned for the livelihood of many of our subpostmasters, whose businesses are struggling to survive.''
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