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Last Updated: Monday, 19 November 2007, 21:44 GMT
McCartney loses post office fight
Sir Paul McCartney
Sir Paul said the Lower Heswall post office was their local office
Sir Paul McCartney's local post office will close, despite a campaign by the former Beatle to save it.

The Lower Heswall post office in Wirral, is one of 56 branches across Merseyside and Cheshire which the Government revealed are to be axed.

The rocker's brother, Mike McCartney said the announcement has "disgusted" Sir Paul who owns a house nearby.

"Our kid sent me a text with deleted expletives to show his anger at our local post office closing."

Paul got involved because he believes the post office should be saved
Sir Paul's brother, Mike McCartney
Lancelyn Court post office in Spital is another branch on the Wirral which has lost its fight to stay open.

On behalf of the legendary musician his brother, added: "Paul got involved because he believes the post office should be saved.

"It is an important part of our community, he visits the post office when he's here, just like other people.

"It will be a huge loss."

MP for Wirral South, Ben Chapman, was also campaigning for the Lower Heswall branch to remain in business who argued that it was regularly used by the local community, particularly elderly residents.

The Labour MP, said: "I am disappointed and angry that such a decision has been taken.

The MP recently presented a petition against the closures with 6000 signatures to the House of Commons.

Royal Mail said it does not comment on individual cases.

Sir Paul McCartney has backed a campaign to stop the closure of a post office near one of his homes.

The Royal Mail has announced plans to close 42 post offices across Merseyside and west Cheshire.

Sir Paul's brother Mike McCartney is to read a message from the former Beatle outside the post office in Lower Heswall, Wirral, which could be axed.

Mr McCartney said: "We have both had our homes here for over 40 years. This is the local village and post office."

The Labour MP for Wirral South, Ben Chapman, is also part of the campaign against the proposed closures in the Wirral.

'Local hub'

Mr Chapman said: "The post offices in Lower Heswall and Spital serve a large proportion of elderly people.

"They are often people who are not used to accessing services online and who have relied on these services for many years.

"Not only that, but these post offices are hubs of local activity."

He said was imperative as many people as possible took part in the consultation.

A spokeswoman for Royal Mail said: "Each area plan will be subject to a six-week public consultation period.

"Then all the feedback will be looked at before making a final decision."

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Mike McCartney on the battle to save the post office



SEE ALSO
McCartney backs post office fight
19 Nov 07 |  Merseyside
Mail reveals post office closures
06 Nov 07 |  Merseyside

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