The campaign to save the Hawksworth Wood post office has been mentioned in the Guardian Leeds this week, as local residents speak out against the proposed closure.

Residents on a Leeds estate have launched a campaign to restore their local post office.

Residents on the Hawksworth Wood estate in Kirkstall found their post office was closed in August without prior notice.

Interviews are currently ongoing to find a new operator on the estate but residents claim the local community has been left in the dark about when or if they will get their post office back. Residents have held a rally and signed a petition – and a Facebook page has also been launched.

Chair of the Hawksworth Wood Community Association, Stephen Rennie, said:

“There were hundreds of people that signed the petition this weekend, and turned up for a photo outside the closed post office. The community needs its post office, and I hope one will be returned as soon as possible.”

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Yesterday an Early Day Motion, EDM 979, was also tabled by Rachel stating:

That this House is disappointed that Post Office services have temporarily ended on the Hawksworth Wood estate in Kirkstall, Leeds; notes that the nearest Post Office is one mile away uphill; further notes that many local families and elderly people, many of whom do not have access to a car, rely on the Post Office; and calls on the Post Office to ensure that Post Office services are resumed on the estate as soon as possible.

The closure of local Post Offices is not just a problem that is affecting local residents in Leeds West, it is an issue that many are facing across the country. To date 9 MPs have signed the Early Day Motion to show their support.

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