Green campaigners in the Shandon area of the city have launched a campaign to save their local post office in Slateford Road.
As part of a UK wide closure programme, the Shandon branch has been earmarked for closure as early as November.Â Members of the Fountainbridge / Craiglockhart group of Edinburgh Green Party are going door to door with information about the plans and are encouraging local residents to raise their concerns.
Fountainbridge / Craiglockhart Green Group convenor, Gavin Corbett said:
â€œOur local post office is part of a network of local shops in the community.Â Removing such a vital service is another nail in the coffin of vibrant local shops at the very time when we should be discouraging unnecessary car journeys.
â€œThe people who will be hardest hit by closure are older people and those with young children, especially at a time when our local royal mail depot is moving from nearby Roseburn to South Gyle.
â€œThat is why we are urging the Post Office to think again and for the Government to do more to protect and enhance local services.â€?
The Greens are distributing 2,000 leaflets in the Shandon area.Â The deadline for submissions is 29 September 2008.
Notes to Editor
A copy of the leaflet is at http://tinyurl.com/592bjj