Hundreds sign a petition over Post Office proposals

Mr Buchanan, who is a lifetime user of the Post Office and one of the signatories of the petition, Councillor Jenny Palmer, Trish McCormick Chair of Hilden Community Assocication, and Mrs Shirley Carringto, who is  involved with Seymour Street Methodist Church outreach.
Mr Buchanan, who is a lifetime user of the Post Office and one of the signatories of the petition, Councillor Jenny Palmer, Trish McCormick Chair of Hilden Community Assocication, and Mrs Shirley Carringto, who is involved with Seymour Street Methodist Church outreach.

Hundreds of people have signed a petition expressing concern about the relocation of the Post Office in Grand Street.

Earlier this month the Post Office revealed proposals to move the branch from 92 to 23 Grand Street.

The consultation process on the proposal ends on February 1 and local residents were keen to make their voice heard.

Chairman of Hilden Community Association, Mrs Trish McCormick said: “Change is inevitable, but the community have very valid concerns and so the petition is to address the issues within the Post Office consultation.

“I thank the folk for signing the petition of concern regarding our local post office, and also thanks to our local councillor Jenny Palmer, Shirley Carrington for all their help with getting signatures and thank you to our MLA Jonathan Craig for sending letters to residents. We hope the issues stated are addressed.”

Councillor Jenny Palmer will now forward the petition of 606 signatures to the Director of Corporate Services to be included with the Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council response to the consultation.

“The proposed move to new premises and branch modernisation can be a very positive and enhanced service for the Hilden, Low Road residents and users if the concerns are addressed within the plan.”