Fylde MP in fight against post office relocation

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has backed a Lytham postmaster after it emerged his store was under threat.

Mark Bamforth, owner of Bamforth’s convenience store and post office on Warton Street, recently found out that his branch was under threat as part of a review by Post Office LTD.

He this week received a letter telling him that the company would be contacting other local retailers to gauge interest in running the post office in the future.

On Monday, Mr Menzies visited Mark at his shop and told him he had his complete support.

The MP added: “Mark’s post office is not just a shop but the heart of this community and I and many other local residents are ready to fight for it.

“Mark’s family have owned this branch for years and there has been a post office on this site for even longer. People know where it is and they have known Mark and his family for a long time and feel they are part of the community.

“It makes absolutely no sense to move it to another location and many of Mark’s loyal customers have said they would boycott the branch if it was in another shop.

“Two of the biggest threats to businesses are moving their location and changing their management so it would seem completely perverse to even consider relocation.”

The news came after Mr Menzies first wrote to Post Office LTD in November to raise concerns over its plans for the branch.

He added: “I received a response to say that the company would be working with Mark to make sure his retail business was sustainable enough to keep the post office in place for the foreseeable future.

“I was pleased to hear Mark was receiving that assistance so to now be told, without any prior notification from the Post Office, that the company was looking at other premises has left me and many of his customers feeling deeply unsettled.

“Mark will not lose his business without a fight and I am prepared to fight alongside him all the way.”

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