CONSERVATIVE politician Jason McCartney is trying to save his local post office from closure.

Mr McCartney, Parliamentary candidate for the Colne Valley, lives a few hundred yards from Holmbridge Post Office.

It is one of nine branches in south Kirklees facing the axe.

Mr McCartney said: “I spent most of yesterday morning in Holmbridge Post Office getting reaction from the customers.

“I had to wait 20 minutes to even get a word with post mistress Kath Bellamy as there was a steady flow of customers.

“It's a real hub of the community offering teas, coffees, bacon butties and dry cleaning along with regular postal services.”

The original Holmbridge Post Office closed in 2001 but Kath and Trevor Bellamy opened the current branch in the shop adjoining the Corn Loft Guest House, Woodhead Road, two years later.

Mr McCartney pointed out that the catchment area covers the upper Holme Valley meaning a long walk to the next nearest Post Office.

“People from Holme would have to trek five miles into Holmfirth, that's before even trying to get a parking space and then having to queue up.”

Mr McCartney added: “We're launching a petition at the Holmbridge branch to keep it open and would urge all customers to pop in and sign it.”

Four other branches in the Colne Valley constituency are on the Post Office’s hit list: Halifax Road, Birchencliffe; Acre Street, Oakes; Quarmby Road, Quarmby and Wooldale Road, Wooldale.

Mr McCartney said: “I'll be fighting Post Office closures wherever the local community wants to keep their local branch open.”