8th February 2017

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has written to Post Office Chief Executive, Paula Vennells, over plans to franchise the Brandon Parade Crown Post Office.

Mrs Fellows’ letter quizzes Post Office Chief Executive over why the Brandon branch has been chosen for franchising; how profitable the branch is; who the Post Office has spoken to about franchising the branch; and if they will work with the council to secure a future for the branch.

The MP has also written to North Lanarkshire Council leader to ask him to work with her to help save the branch and staff jobs.

Mrs Fellows condemned the plans two weeks ago and has since been surveying members of the public outside the Motherwell branch and online.

37 other Crown offices have been earmarked for closure across the UK taking with them 427 jobs the Communication Workers’ Union has warned. The union also fears a loss in expertise and a drop in service standards should the closure go ahead.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“It is clear that the public in Motherwell are totally opposed to the plans. The Post Office is a valuable service on which the community relies.

“The Post Office must therefore reconsider these plans. I have written to find out why the Brandon office has been chosen and if the facts justify its closure. Whenever I go in, it is always busy and residents say the same. Reducing the quality of service does not make sense.

“I have started a petition to stop the closures across Scotland and the rest of the UK. Many communities rely on these services. The only way we can stop the plans going ahead is if local communities across the country say no and have their voices heard.

“There are more than just services at stake. Jobs and the town centre economy could be severely affected. This makes the issue all the more important.”