Angela writes to both the Post Office and Cohens Chemist about Dodworth Post Office
After hearing rumours that Cohens the Chemist are to close the Post Office concession in their Dodworth store, local MP Angela Smith has urgently written to both organisations to get clarity on what is happening.
Local Dodworth Councillors, Richard Riggs, and Neil Wright have also been met with Angela raising their concerns over the rumours.
Already a petition has been raised by local people, both online and at local shops. It can be found at https://secure.avaaz.org/en/community_petitions/Residents_and_small_business_users_Stop_the_local_Post_Office_from_being_closed_down/ and already has 1000 signatures. Angela encourages those with concerns over the possible closure to sign the petition.
If this Post Office closes the nearest Post Office for most transactions will either be in the town centre of Barnsley or Penistone some 7 miles away. This cannot, and is not acceptable.
Commenting Angela, says;
“There’s been a Post Office in Dodworth for many years and the current location has proved very successful and is well used by locals.
The area itself has many elderly people, who if they lose postal services, will find it difficult to travel to either Penistone or Barnsley. This is especially so, given the limited nature of bus services in the area.
It can’t be right that people should lose vital postal services just because the store where it is housed no longer wants to keep it.
I have written to Post Office Services asking they work with Cohens to maintain a service at the store.
What is clear, however, is that Dodworth can ill afford to lose this vital service.”
Local Councillor Richard Richards, says on the closure;
Dodworth needs a Post Office and the news that Cohens the Chemist might be closing the only one in the village is very concerning.
I urge everyone in the village to sign the petition against the proposed plan to close it.
Let me also assure people in Dodworth, both myself and fellow local Councillor Neil Wright will do everything possible to keep a Post Office in Dodworth.