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Don Foster MP March E-newsletter

Hello, and welcome to my March e-newsletter. There has been a lot going on in the last month, both in Bath and in Westminster. My portfolio covers the Casino issue that has come to a head recently, and we have just finished debating the EU Treaty. Well, it’s not much of a debate, as the speaker refused to allow any debating time on the Liberal Democrat amendment calling for a referendum on the whole EU question. This led to my colleague, Ed Davey, being removed from the Commons: https://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7265516.stm.

Bristol and Somerset Post Office Closures

The Area Plan for the Bristol & Somerset region was released on Tuesday 26th February, although the Western Daily Press leaked the information on the previous Friday. In the Bath constituency four Post Offices are on the list to be closed: Bathford, Bear Flat, Claremont and Lower Weston.

I was particularly amazed to learn that users of the Bear Flat Post Office would be expected to use the City Centre. Once again, the social impact of the Post Office is being ignored. There are a number of local shops on the Bear Flat and if Post Office users have to head to town then these local shops are going to lose out. I spoke to one independent businessman at Mount Road in Southdown, where the Post Office was lost in the previous round of cuts. He said that business had dropped by 15% since the closure.

You can keep right up to date with our campaign to Save Bath’s Post Offices by visiting the website https://ourcampaign.org.uk/savebathspostoffices where you can also sign the petition. If you’d like to assist with the campaign, then please get in touch on don@bathlibdems.org.uk with “Post Offices” as the subject.