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Campaigners' Downing Street trip in last-ditch attempt to save Sheerness Post Office

A 2,000-strong petition has been handed to Downing Street calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to save a town's last Crown Post Office.

A group of campaigners posed for pictures in front of Number 10 this afternoon before handing over the petition, which opposes the closure of the Broadway branch, Sheerness.

Mole Meade, of the Communications Workers Union, and Laura Steele and Stephanie Nicholls, who work in the Sheerness Post Office, handing over the petition to Number 10
Mole Meade, of the Communications Workers Union, and Laura Steele and Stephanie Nicholls, who work in the Sheerness Post Office, handing over the petition to Number 10

They also had 'Save Sheerness Post Office' signs.

The petition, which was started about three weeks ago and has so far received about 2,000 signatures, is calling on Boris Johnson to intervene and prevent the town's main office from shutting.

The Post Office confirmed the closing date for the facility in August – and it's set to shut for good on Saturday.

The firm said other outlets inside shops in Sheerness would meet customer demand. There are Post Office counters at The Premier Corner Shop by the clock tower, at 3A's in the high street and SS Convenience Store, Queensway.

However, central Post Office functions, such as passport check and send, identification services, change giving and high-value banking, will be available only at Minster's Chapel Street branch – more than three miles away.

Mole Meade, of the Communications Workers Union, and Laura Steele and Stephanie Nicholls, who work in the Sheerness Post Office, handing over the petition to Number 10 (16984884)
Mole Meade, of the Communications Workers Union, and Laura Steele and Stephanie Nicholls, who work in the Sheerness Post Office, handing over the petition to Number 10 (16984884)

Stephanie Nicholls and Laura Steele, who work at the Sheerness branch, and members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) travelled to London to hand over the petition.

Speaking afterwards Mole Meade, national executive for the CWU, said: "This 500-year-old great British institution deserves more respect than to be just wound down and pushed into the back of a shop."

He added: "Even if the Government or the Prime Minister doesn't stop the closure. The campaign will be ongoing to reopen the Post Office as a main branch in Sheerness.

"This is not the end, this is very much the beginning."

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