COUNCILLORS have vowed to campaign to save a post office.
Birkby Post Office is one of nine that this month were earmarked for closure.
Now councillors for Kirklees’s Greenhead ward want to keep the Wheathouse Road shop open.
Clr Mehboob Khan said: “We are still reeling at the decision to close this busy branch. Many people will not be able to travel to other post offices, especially to the one at Fartown, where there are poor bus links and no car parking.
“If the Birkby office closes it will take the heart out of the community.”
Fellow councillor Barbara Jones said: “Throughout the consultation period we will continue to campaign vociferously. I would urge everyone to fill in our form to save Birkby Post Office.”
The ward’s third councillor, Mohan Sokhal, said the closure would hit vulnerable people the hardest.
He said: “This area has a high number of people receiving benefits, below average household incomes and significant numbers of retired residents.
“These stand to lose out most if their local post office closes.”
The other threatened offices are: Birchencliffe on Halifax Road; Holmbridge on Woodhead Road; Leeds Road, Bradley Mills; Lockwood on Lockwood Road; Longroyd Bridge on St Thomas’s Road; Oakes on Acre Street; Quarmby on Quarmby Road; and Wooldale on Wooldale Road.
Councillors in other areas have already voiced concerns about the closure plans.
Fifty people went to a public meeting against the closures in Thornton Lodge. It was organised by independent Clr Jackie Grunsell, who represents Crosland Moor and Netherton on Kirklees.
A second meeting is planned for 7pm on September 1 at the Methodist Mission, Lord Street, Huddersfield