More than 1,000 people sign petition to ‘save Bury St Edmunds Post Office’

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More than 1,000 people have signed a petition against controversial plans to close the Post Office in Bury St Edmunds town centre and move it to a retail premises.

The online petition, launched this week, calls on Prime Minister David Cameron, Post Office Ltd, Bury MP Jo Churchill and St Edmundsbury Borough Council to save the town’s Crown Post Office, on Cornhill, from franchising.

It has already attracted more than 1,000 supporters.

The petition reads: “The iconic Cornhill listed building has been the home of the Post Office in Bury St Edmunds for 120 years, it is the heart of our town centre and should not be sacrificed for greed and profit.

“The Cornhill Post Office only recently underwent a refurbishment which saw the counter area, training facilities and meeting rooms upgraded.

“The Post Office is a public service, designed to give wonderful customer service, which the counter staff at the Cornhill branch have excelled at.

“We must fight to keep our Crown office open. This service belongs to the people of this country, it’s our postal system, it’s the People’s Post.”

The Post Office revealed last month it was considering moving the Cornhill branch to a nearby retail premises.

At the time a spokesman for the company stressed that no final decision had been made and a full public consultation would be held once it had developed its proposals.

Today, a spokesman said: “We need to reflect and adapt to customer demand. Some of our current Crown branches are not sustainable into the future and we cannot look to taxpayers to subsidise them.

“There will be a six-week public consultation on any proposed changes.”

To sign the petition visit www.change.org