HUDDERSFIELD residents turned out to protest against the closure of local post offices.
Many gathered at Hillhouse Post Office near Fartown yesterday, bearing placards to show their anger over proposals to shut the shop.
The Bradford Road shop is one of 10 post offices proposed for closure by Post Office Ltd as part of the firm's plans to cut costs and rescue its finances.
The firm lost £194m last year.
Post Office Ltd claim some post offices are underused.
By closing them it hopes it will boost trade in neighbouring offices, stemming the tide of post office owners leaving the industry.
Officials say 90% of people will be within one mile of a post office after the closures.
Kirklees Councillor Mehboob Khan, who represents Birkby and Fartown, was at the protest with fellow ward councillor Annie Smith and Paddock ward councillor Mohan Sokhal.
The councillors had spent the previous week collecting signatures in the area for a petition to save the post offices.
They visited 1,000 homes and gained 600 signatures.
Clr Khan said: "The petition is growing. Personally I am absolutely furious that Post Office Ltd, a private company, have failed to look after the future of their business and local people are now going to pay the price of poor management."
Protesters, many of them elderly or disabled, were passionate about keeping the post office.
Evelyn Oldham said: "Some of us are getting on a bit, so if we are going to have to go to town it will be hard.
"There is no bus stop near the town centre post offices and there is nowhere to park a car. It is completely inconvenient. If we come to this post office, we can just pop over and get money if we need it. It means we don't need to keep a lot of money in the house or on us."
Raymond Green added: "I think it is rotten. I use this post office twice a week at least. To get to town you have to get a bus and you can't always do it. There are a lot more people who use this place than are here today."
Manzoor Hussain said the closure of Hillhouse Post Office would take away a vital facility.
He said: "If it goes, there will be a big problem for people to get to a bank to draw money, even if it is paid into their account. There will also be people without employment who worked in the post office."
Sheikh Farooq said: "Everything was going well here. If people use a post office it should stay open otherwise the area will go down without facilities."
Mohammad Amin, added: "It is too much hassle and very difficult for older people to go to town. If they shut a post office, then their business will definitely fail. You need it open for people to use it."
Clr Annie Smith said other traders in the area were unhappy about the possible loss.
She said: "The lady who runs the laundrette next door is worried that if the post office closes, she could be more of a crime target.
"In a small group of shops you look out for each other and are more secure. Once she is on her own it will be different."
Related stories and messageboards