PENSIONERS are preparing to fight the closure of post offices in the area.
Members of Huddersfield and District Pensioners' Organisation plan to bombard the Post Office with letters and petitions.
The Post Office announced last week that 10 post offices in the Huddersfield area will close, leaving just 15.
Golcar will lose two of its three offices. Others will close in Rawthorpe, Primrose Hill, Leeds Road, Hillhouse, Greenside, Berry Brow, Elland and Rastrick.
The Post Office company claim there are too many branches and not enough customers, meaning some sub-postmasters were shutting up shop due to dwindling incomes.
Noreen Logan, chairman of the Huddersfield pensioners' group, said: "We are concerned about it. Everyone might be within one mile, but if transport is a problem and you are elderly it is a long way."
Roy Brooke, of Golcar, which will be left with only one post office, said: "Not only are we concerned about the elderly, but young mothers with prams. It is no joke pushing them uphill in winter weather.
"They tear the heart out of a community when they close a post office."
Mr Brooke said the two main town centre post offices were already overcrowded and closures would make that worse.
Mrs Logan urged all the group members to write to Colne Valley MP Kali Mountford and Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman and to send letters of protest to Post Office Ltd at National Consultation Team, PO Box 2060, Watford, WD18 8ZW by December 23.
Mr Brooke and other group members will be outside the Northumberland Street post office on December 8 canvassing for petition signatures.
David Mellows-Fracer, the Post Office area head claimed that despite the cuts 95% of Huddersfield people would have a post office within one mile of their homes.
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