Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Wednesday 20 January Community Meeting to Explore Re-opening of Darnall Post Office

The next community meeting organised by your Darnall councillors and Darnall Forum will focus on the future of the post office in Darnall, which has been closed since the beginning of August. Cllr Mary Lea, who has been leading the campaign to get the post office reopened with her colleagues Cllr Harry Harpham and Cllr Mazher Iqbal, said: 'Elderly people have been forced to travel outside the area and local businesses have lost trade, so this is high on our agenda and we feel it is imperative that Royal Mail steps up its efforts to reopen the post office.'

She went on to say, 'A local post office is an essential service for people who haven't got their own transport, or who find public transport difficult to use. We want Darnall to flourish and this isn't helping. Royal Mail might be saying they are doing all they can to reopen the local post office service in Darnall but we would like them to do more and we hope they will be at the meeting to explain how things are going. Officers from the City Council, who have been working hard with local councillors and MP Clive Betts to resolve the situation, will certainly be there,' she added.

The meeting will take place at the Living Waters Centre, 81 Main Road, next-door to the former Industry public house. It starts at the later time of 7pm. Previous community meetings have begun at 6.30pm.


Other items on the agenda will be updates for local residents and traders on
  • the proposed redevelopment of Darnall Centre
  • the parks in Darnall,
  • the Mather Road Pavilion and nursery development,
  • the plans for a new health centre,
  • and the health impact assessment carried out as part of the consultation to decide what services will need to be delivered there.
Local residents will have an opportunity to ask questions and also to propose subjects for discussion at the next community meeting with your councillors in April.

The minutes of the last meeting can be found in the archive of posts for November. They are also on the East Community Assembly website.

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