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Mulholland leads victory on Pool Post Office future

December 5, 2014 10:23 AM

MP for Pool-in-Wharfedale, Greg Mulholland MP, has welcomed the decision by Post Office to retain the Pool Post Office in the village shop and designate it a Community Branch.

Greg recently called a meeting with representative from Post Office Ltd, after learning that the Post Office bosses are considering relocating the Pool Post Office to the busy Shell petrol station, which can only be reached by car or for pedestrians, by crossing a busy major road.

Greg pointed out to the Post Office Ltd bosses that they had a made a fundamental flaw, which meant that the entire decision making process and subsequent correspondence with the McNeils, who run the Pool Post Office, was invalid. Greg concluded the meeting by saying that there are no suitable alternatives within half a mile of the shop which currently houses the post office, as the Shell petrol station is on a busy main road, and therefore the current Pool Post Office should be made a Community Branch.

After the meeting, Greg wrote to Post Office Ltd stating that the fundamental flaw makes its decision making process and proposals invalid, so the whole process must be scrapped and considered null and void. Greg also said in his letter to Post Office Ltd that the current Pool Post Office can and should be categorised as a 'Community Post Office' as there is clearly no suitable alternative location for Pool Post Office with their own qualifying distance of half a mile.

Post Office Ltd has now agreed with Greg's conclusion and agreed to retain the Pool Post Office in the village shop and designate it a Community Branch.

Throughout the decision making process, Post Office bosses have failed to consult with local residents on the proposed relocation of Pool Post Office, so as Pool's MP, Greg Mulholland, has asked residents for their views. Greg has received many replies, but it is still very important that Pool residents have their say as the future of the Post Office is only secured until September 2015.

All residents have received a Pool Post Office survey which has been delivered by hand. If any residents have not received one and would like one please contact Greg Mulholland MP's office on (0113) 226 6519 or greg@gregmulholland.org

Residents can fill in the survey here (gregmulholland.org/poolpostoffice)

Greg said:

"I am delighted that Post Office Ltd has listened to my calls for Pool Post Office to be retained at the heart of the community and be categorised as a 'Community Post Office' as there is clearly no suitable alternative location for Pool Post Office with their own qualifying distance of half a mile.

"There was a fundamental flaw in the Post Office Ltd decision making process when looking to relocate the post office in the Shell service station, as its documentation stated that the petrol station can be accessed by crossing a 'minor road' - when in fact the road they are talking about is a major road, the A659. I concluded that this made the decision making process and proposals invalid.

"Unfortunately, Post Office Ltd have failed to consult with Pool residents throughout this process, so as Pool's MP I am urging residents to have their say by completing the Pool Post Office survey which will be presented to Post Office bosses and hopefully considered in their review next year."