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Axe plan on POs 'bonkers'.

POST Office bosses were branded "bonkers" yesterday over proposals to open two new rural branches - while axing dozens of city centre outlets.

They faced fury after confirming plans, exclusively revealed in yesterday's Daily Record, to close 44 Post Offices in west and central Scotland.

It is only the first phase of a money-saving move that could see more than 300 branches close.

Glasgow alone will lose 23 POs in this first phase.

But two new ones will be opened in Otter Ferry and Portsonachan, in Argyll.

John Robertson, MP, who will lose four branches in his Glasgow North West constituency, said: "This is bonkers, absolutely crazy.

"It doesn't make sense economically."

Fel low Labour MP Ann McKechin, who will lose four of the eight Post Offices in her Glasgow North constituency, said: "I don't think it is a fair distribution. Customers in Glasgow are entitled to the same service as rural areas."

Tricia Dow, of watchdog Post-watch Scotland, said the closures would leave "unacceptable gaps" in service and added: "We are concerned about the impact on the elderly and infirm."

Help the Aged urged elderly Scots to lobby Post Office chiefs.

Post Office spokeswoman Sally Buchanan said: "Post Office Ltd's aim is to continue to provide essential services and support retail businesses and the local economy in as many communities as possible."

People have until December 3 to object to the closures.

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