POST OFFICE bosses have promised to make a quick decision on proposed closures in Huddersfield.
Officials hope to make up their minds at the start of the new year on whether to close 10 Huddersfield post offices.
They spoke as protests build up over the loss of post offices. Hundreds of people are signing one petition against shutting Hillhouse post office in Fartown.
Post Office chiefs will end their consultation exercises in Huddersfield, the Colne Valley and the Calder Valley on December 23.
Depending on the results of the consultation the closures could be in Golcar, Rawthorpe, Primrose Hill, Leeds Road, Hillhouse, Greenside, Berry Brow, Elland and Rastrick.
A spokesman said: "Normally we make a decision a few weeks after the consultation ends. So we should have a decision some time in the new year."
The Post Office claims the closures are needed to make sure the post office network survives. It lost £194m last year.
Post Office chiefs said planned closures of surplus post offices would boost trade in those remaining.
But their plan has come under fire - with officials facing stiff questioning at a Kirklees Council meeting last month.
The consultation was condemned as a "sham" by councillors, who said minds were already made up.
Clr Mehboob Khan, Labour leader, said: "Certainly, the closure of Hillhouse post office in my ward would inconvenience a great many people."
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