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1 June 2005

Fury at Gyle Post Office closure

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today reacted with fury to the decision by Post Office management to proceed with the permanent closure of the post office in the South Gyle Shopping Centre.

The post office at the Gyle Centre was originally proposed for closure last summer as part of an overall programme which closed over 20 Edinburgh branches. However, following an intense local campaign, the branch was given a reprieve after two separate applicants came forward interested in running the post office, one of the busiest branches in Edinburgh.

However, in a letter received by Mr Barrett today, the Post Office has said that neither applicant was able to put forward a sustainable business plan and that the branch would permanently close on June 18th.

In a statement, Mr Barrett said:

“This announcement goes beyond disappointing, it is down right disgraceful. 

“At no point over the last year have I ever been convinced that Post Office management were ever serious or intent on keeping this branch open. The South Gyle post office is one of the busiest in the City. Postwatch Scotland has singled it out as just the kind of modern post office that should become the norm of the urban network. Yet Post Office management still say a sustainable business plan cannot be put together.  I simply cannot believe this.

“The Government has a lot to answer for too. During my debate on post office closures atWestminster, the Trade & Industry Minister responded to my points with a 15 minute party political rant. Similarly, when I wrote to the Minister for Postal Services, asking him to intervene, he brushed off local concerns and refused to get involved. Ministers have sat on their hands whilst local people have been treated with contempt.

“This is a sad end to what has been a strong community based campaign. Despite the result, I would like to thank Postwatch, Lothian Shop Mobility and all the post office customers who have been so vocal in their opposition to this closure.”

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