A petition to save Haworth's historic post office is being presented in the House of Commons tomorrow evening.

The Save Haworth Post Office Group has been campaigning to oppose the closure of their local post office after Post Office Ltd proposed to shut the Main Street premises and open a facility within the new Co-op store, in Station Road and is now set to go before Parliament.

The petition now has around 6600 names on it, says Lydia MacKinnon, spokesperson for Save Haworth Main Street Post Office group.

Keighley MP Robbie Moore tweeted that he will be presenting the petition.


Ms MacKinnon added: "The Save Haworth Main Street Post Office campaign are delighted that this petition is being presented to Parliament. The sheer number of signatories shows the strength of feeling that exists over the proposed closure of a Post Office which is a vital part of the community.

"For over two hundred years it has served residents, businesses and visitors from all over the world and the alternative of a Post Office counter in the Haworth Co-op will simply not be able to offer the same range of services. Haworth needs two Post Offices - the Main St one and the PO counter."

The group has also been running  a 'send a postcard to the Post Office' initiative, in which more than 2,500 postcards have been sent to the CEO of Post Office Ltd in the past fortnight, asking him to reconsider the proposed closure.

'With a decision due from Post Office Ltd on 27 September, postcards will continue to arrive until then. All this shows that although Haworth is a small village we can punch above our weight when we feel strongly about something. We hope that Post Office Ltd take note of what we want,' Ms MacKinnon added. 

A spokesperson for Post Office Ltd said: “The current branch has been run on our behalf by a temporary operator and we have been looking for a more sustainable solution for customers. If the move goes ahead, opening hours would be Monday-Sunday, 7am to 10pm.”