Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Success for Gornal post office campaign

Dudley MP Ian Austin and Gornal Councillor Stuart Turner have welcomed news that a Gornal post office has reopened.

The post office on The Straits in Gornal was threatened with a lengthy closure after the branch’s franchise holder handed in their notice.

Ian Austin, Cllr Turner and Councillor Dave Branwood launched a petition to keep the post office open with more than 300 local residents adding their names in support.

Post Office bosses have now arranged for the branch to reopen indefinitely under a temporary manager, and are looking to secure a permanent future for a branch in the area.

Local shop owners will get extra investment and training from the Post Office if they bring the branch into their own store on a permanent basis.

Ian Austin said:

“I’m delighted that we have been able to get the Post Office to listen to local residents and get the branch up and running again so quickly.

“It just goes to show what we can achieve when we work together.

“I will now be working with the Post Office and local businesses to secure a permanent future for a branch on The Straits.”

Stuart Turner said:

“I know that local people rely on this service to collect their pensions and keep in touch with loved ones, so I’m really pleased they haven’t had to go without a branch for too long.

“We’ll be working hard to make sure that the branch has a bright future.”

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