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Politicians take up post office cudgels; Moves 'must be justified'.


TWO Coventry politicians are to meet Royal Mail bosses to discuss shock proposals to close 11 city post offices.

Yesterday the Evening Telegraph revealed how the branches were under threat alongside some in Rugby in the latest wave of closures.

Shoppers told of their anger and disgust at the plan which could see the doors closing on branches in Burns Road and Stoke Green (also known as Binley Road) in Stoke, Acorn Street in Stoke Aldermoor and Roland Avenue in Holbrooks.

Branches in Grayswood Avenue in Chapelfields, Sutton Avenue in Eastern Green, Winsford Avenue in Allesley Park, Quorn Way in Ernesford Grange, Far Gosford Street in Gosford Green, King Edward Road in Hillfields and Dawlish Drive in Styvechale are also facing the axe.

Thursday marked the beginning of a six-month consultation period on plans for the closures.

Coventry South MP Jim Cunningham and Coventry City Council leader John Mutton (Lab, Binley and Willenhall) will meet Post Office head of area Paul Maisey.

Mr Cunningham said: "What we intend to do is seek a justification for these closures. It is too easy for organisations such as the Post Office to announce such proposals then move forward with such proposals on the back of superficial consultation.

"Two of the issues that I will look to test are those of alternative locations and the proximity of these for my constituents and claims about public transport.

"It needs to be remembered constituents have to journey to and from the new post office location, doubling the distance the Post Office claims in its consultation literature."

The meeting is expected to take place in May.


AXE LOOMS: Many local sub-post offices are under threat of closure as bosses look to save money - but now local MP Jim Cunningham (above right) and Cllr John Mutton (right) are taking up the case of people angered by the decision, as we reported in yesterday's Evening Telegraph
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Date:Apr 17, 2004
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