Second fight to save Leeds post office

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Post Office chiefs are seeking to close down Hawksworth Wood Post Office on Broadway, Kirkstall, and open a replacement branch on Lea Farm Road.

Post Office chiefs are seeking to close down Hawksworth Wood Post Office on Broadway, Kirkstall, and open a replacement branch on Lea Farm Road.

Campaigners say Lea Farm Road is not suitable for a Post Office branch as it is too far from existing amenities and it is not on a bus route.

The Hawksworth Wood Post Office closed in August 2010, with bosses saying at the time it would be a temporary measure.

A part-time post-office van was brought in to provide services. Post Office chiefs reopened the branch in July 2012 after a lengthy campaign spearheaded by Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves.

Miss Reeves has met with Post Office chiefs over the latest closure plan and launched a survey of local residents. She said the response to her survey has been overwhelmingly against the plans to move the branch.

Miss Reeves said: “My number one priority is to make sure there is a Post Office in Hawksworth. My local survey has shown that people are opposed to the move and I’m determined to make sure their voice is heard. Local people need to be listened to, and have their views about the future of the Post Office taken into account. We have stopped their closure plans before, and I will not allow the Post Office to run roughshod over the local community again.”

A Post Office spokeswoman said: “The consultation on the proposed new site for Hawksworth Estate Post Office, 270 metres from the present location, ended on January 26 and the feedback is now being collated and reviewed; an announcement of the decision will be made in due course. A change is necessary because the existing postmaster wishes to leave.”

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