A CAMPAIGN to revive an axed post office in an outlying Huddersfield village is gathering pace after backing from local councillors.
More than 2,000 villagers in Shelley have been left without a post office since the office on Far Bank closed last October.
Kirkburton councillors Christine Smith and Adrian Murphy are now calling on locals to write to the Post Office in support of reinstating an ‘outreach service’ at the village hall.
Clr Smith, said: “A village the size of Shelley should have a post office and we are hoping to do something to help people.
“There are a lot of elderly people in and around Shelley and mums with babies and toddlers.
“It’s hard for them to travel all the way into Kirkburton and many people don’t drive.
“Since the Post Office closed it is like a lifeline has been cut off.”
The new service would be at the village hall on Huddersfield Road, a few hundred yards from the original site. It would open on Mondays and Tuesdays between 9.30am and 12.30pm and Thursdays between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.
Marion Davidson has been subpostmistress at Kirkburton for the past five and a half years and plans to run the office.
She said: “Moving a post office to an outreach service at a venue such as a village hall is quite common in rural areas and has been tried and tested before and proved to be very successful.
“I am a familiar face to people having worked at Kirkburton and although the post office will only be open a few hours each week, there will be an increase in the facilities available to customers – including foreign currency, travel insurance and motor vehicle licences.”
The campaign is also supported by Kirkburton parish councillors Helen Barraclough and Malcolm MacDonald.
To add your name to the Shelley campaign, write to: Liz Morgan, Post Office Ltd, c/o National Consultation Team, PO Box 2060, Watford.