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Under-threat Keighley post office could move into civic centre
8:50am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
Keighley’s threatened central post office could be relocated to the town’s civic centre.
The idea has been put to Post Office Ltd bosses following news the popular Towngate branch faces closure.
Last week campaigners launched a fight to keep the post office, which is just yards from Keighley bus station.
They fear that plans to link with a retail partner will see the facility reduced to a counter at the back of a shop.
Now it has emerged that Keighley Town Council, which runs the civic centre in North Street, has suggested its premises as a potential venue.
“Councillor Tony Wright has made tentative approaches to the Post Office and asked if it might look at alternatives such as the civic centre for viability,” said a town council spokesman.
“He also sought the views of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which was interested in exploring the idea.
“Although nothing has been decided by the town council, the idea of a permanent tenant such as the Post Office would be beneficial for the long-term sustainability of both the civic centre and the town centre post office.”
The civic centre has been dogged by controversy and in May the council acknowledged the project was £162,000 in the red.
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