EIGHT post offices in Kirklees will shut next month with a further branch earmarked for closure.
That was the decision from Post Office chiefs yesterday after a six-week public consultation which ended last month.
Hopton and Knowle post offices, in Mirfield, will be among the 61 branches to close across West Yorkshire in August.
Hove Edge Post Office at Halifax Road, Brighouse, is among 11 to close in Calderdale, along with offices in Stainland and Greetland.
News on further Huddersfield and Colne Valley offices to face the axe is due early next month.
Following a battle for its survival Savile Town Post Office, Dewsbury will remain open.
This follows a consultation between Savile Town branch sub-postmaster Abdul Patel and Dewsbury MP Shahid Malik.
However a neighbouring office at Edge Lane, Thornhill Edge, has now been threatened with closure.
A spokesman for Mr Malik’s office said: “We will be in touch with Thornhill Edge’s sub-postmaster. If there’s an appetite to contest the closure we will support it which is what we’ve done to everyone.
“For Savile Town Post Office it’s a great result.”
Mr Patel added: “Everybody is over the moon with the decision and we wouldn’t be here without the help of Shahid Malik.
“It’s a real victory for local people and businesses not just in Savile Town but across Dewsbury South.”
Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood said he was disgusted at the decision.
“I am absolutely distraught at this news, especially as we put so much hard work into constructing what I thought was a very strong case for a re-think.
“It appears however that Post Office Ltd can close post offices that don’t even meet their own criteria for closure.
“I knew at the outset of our efforts that things were very much stacked against us, but I really did hope that the consultation process was just that and not a fiction.
“It appears that I was wrong and I am sorry that we were not able to change this damaging and short-sighted decision.”
Mr Wood has now initiated discussions with Kirklees Council to see if they will take over the running of some post offices.
Mr Wood said: “In various parts of the country local councils have taken ownership of closed post offices and are successfully running them in a variety of guises, often jointly with council information points or other services.
“I have approached the leader of the council, Robert Light, to request he explore seriously these sorts of options for our threatened post offices.”
Adrian Wales, Post Office Ltd’s network development manager North East, said: “These are difficult decisions which have not been taken lightly.
“We have considered very carefully all the comments made during the public consultation.”