BENGEWORTH POST OFFICE CLOSURE "AN ACT OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC VANDALISM"
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The decision by Post Office Ltd to press ahead with the closure of Bengeworth sub-post office has been condemned by the area's MP as “an act of social and economic vandalism."

The decision by Post Office Ltd to press ahead with the closure of Bengeworth sub-post office has been condemned by the area's MP as “an act of social and economic vandalism."

Commenting, Peter said,

"I recognise that Post Office Ltd is under an obligation to the government to close around 2,500 branches - so the buck for this closure stops with the government.

"However, the case the local community made to save Bengeworth was an overpowering one and I am appalled at the insensitivity and lack of awareness demonstrated by Post Office Ltd in their response.

"I am equally angry that the so-called watchdog - Postwatch - failed to bark. Instead it has rolled over and had its tummy tickled. They couldn't find the time to come to the protest meeting or to see the march - if they had, perhaps they would have understood.

"But again, to be fair to them, they were abolished during the consultation period as the government, foolishly, merged their organisation into the new "Consumer Focus". It's clear to me that they lost the staff they needed at precisely the wrong time for Bengeworth. This again, is the fault of the government.

"Over the last few days I have been in correspondence, on the telephone and in personal meetings with the outgoing chief executive of Postwatch, Howard Webber and with Alan Cook, managing director of Post Office Ltd, but all to no avail.

"The people of Bengeworth have had so many disappointments and challenges recently and they really deserved better than this. Above all, the remarkable Pearl Bennett and her staff should have been held up as examples of the very best the post office network has to offer- instead they and the people they have served so well are being treated with contempt.

"I am sorry we failed - but we gave it our best shot and we deserved to win."


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