THE closure of post offices across Leeds has been described by one campaigner as “ripping the heart out of the community”.
More than 50 post offices in the city have closed in the last 12 years – but now, a long-running campaign to revive the service has received a welcome boost.
Post office bosses have revealed that one post office, which closed last August on the Hawksworth estate, will return to the area in the near future as they are actively looking for new premises.
And Calverley Post Office at Carr Road, Calverley, has just re-opened after a refurbishment.
The closure of the Hawksworth Wood Post Office last summer left many members of the community feeling angry and frustrated.
Barbara Salter, treasurer of the Hawksworth Wood Community association, said: “The nearest alternative is a mile away up Butcher Hill, which is too far for older people.
“People used to come out here, now they have no reason to venture out. It really has ripped the heart out of the community. Everyone is annoyed.”
The Post Office Ltd has confirmed it is still looking to replace the Hawksworth Wood branch.
A spokeswoman told the YEP: “We are committed to restoring services to the area as soon as possible and are working hard to find a solution.”
In the last 12 years, more than 50 post offices have closed in the city, cutting off services for some of Leeds’s most vulnerable residents and communities.
In 1999 in Leeds there were 183 post offices, while now there are around 130.
Nationally, around 2,500 have closed in just two years.
Leading the call to save what is left of the network in Leeds is Coun Stewart Golton who is calling for Leeds City Council to stimulate a revival and wants to strike up a partnership between the council and the Post Office to secure services.