Rallying call from MP

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ANY closure of the Chatteris Sorting Office would be a short-sighted position which ignores both the growing population of Chatteris and the specific geography of the Fens, MP Stephen Barclay has said.

Speaking about the proposed closure, which was highlighted in the Fenland Citizen last month, the North East Cambs MP has said this week Chatteris has seen significant housebuilding in recent years with a further 1,000 homes proposed which makes the case for retaining Chatteris Sorting Office very strong.

Royal Mail should also be considering the fact that the nearest alternative will require a 20-mile round trip from a town which doesn’t have a train station and limited public transport, he said.

Older residents, those without cars and those struggling with the cost of petrol would be among the hardest hit by this announcement, Mr Barclay has said.

He added: “There is still time between now and the proposed closure in the summer of 2012 for the local community to unite and ensure its voice is heard.

“I am calling on town and district councillors, residents, the local media and others to work together to ensure common sense prevails and the sorting office is retained in this fast-growing town.”