PO closure plan is criticised as residents prepare their dossier

PUBLISHED: 02:01 30 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:12 10 June 2010

AS campaigners count back the information garnered on a week-long vigil to interview supporters of Exmouth's under-threat St Andrews Road Post Office, government closure proposals have come under further criticism. The Community Council of Devon (CCD) has

AS campaigners count back the information garnered on a week-long vigil to interview supporters of Exmouth's under-threat St Andrews Road Post Office, government closure proposals have come under further criticism.The Community Council of Devon (CCD) has declared it is "appalled" at Devon's 14 proposals for Post Office Closure. Meanwhile, Conservative MEP Neil Parish has defended criticism of the EU's part in closures, and lambasted Government.The CCD has been busily checking Whitehall figures on Post Office use, given as reason for closure, in an attempt to make cases for retention.Chairman Peter Dunning called for a let-off for Devon, saying: "Devon has more remote communities, a higher proportion of older, less mobile residents, and a population that is growing faster than almost anywhere in the country. All these would seem to be good reasons for protecting the network as much as possible."South West MEP Neil Parish this week claimed that EU proposals to cut Post Office subsidies were not to blame for closures."It is true that the EU is putting pressure on the UK and other countries to liberalise postal services and free them up to operation without subsidy, but the UK government will continue to subsidise the Post Office at a huge rate even after these closures. "It is the British government first and foremost which is to blame for these closures as they are responsible for withdrawing a range of services."A campaign group, led by the Exmouth Quay Residents' Association, is currently preparing a dossier to present to Post Office Ltd in a bid to save the St Andrews Road branch - which residents say is vital to elderly service users.

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