Newlyn petition shows strength of feeling on post office service

West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas has wasted no time in ensuring that Post Office Ltd managers are aware of the local strength of feeling about the reduction in Newlyn’s mobile post service.

Just a few days after joining members of the ‘A Post Office for Newlyn’ group in The Strand to receive signed petitions from local people demanding the return of the two-day a week mobile post office service to the port, Mr Thomas handed over more than 150 petitions to Stuart Taylor, Post Office Ltd’s external relations manager.

In July, the mobile service, which had been serving the people of Newlyn from a location in the Strand for two full days a week for more than a year, was cut back to two afternoons a week, to enable the mobile service to visit other villages in West Cornwall.

However, members of the ‘A Post Office for Newlyn’ group, with the support of Mr Thomas, say the cut back is unacceptable and are campaigning for a resumption of the full two-day service while ongoing efforts to find a permanent post office facility in Newlyn continue.

Mr Thomas said: “The response to the ‘A Post Office for Newlyn’ petition has been extremely strong and, handing the petitions over to him, I was able to tell Mr Taylor that Post Office Ltd must increase their efforts to ensure that the people of Newlyn get the reliable post office service they deserve.”