South Lakeland post office branch 'under threat'

FEARS are growing for the future of a South Lakeland post office after its owner told Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron that it was under threat.

Mr Farron urged Oxenholme residents to support the local business after its proprietor Bill Riddell warned it could close.

The MP pointed out that the post office branch was under threatened because the local shop attached was struggling through a lack of local trade.

He has written to the Post Office asking them to step in and help Mr Riddell, while local county councillor Brenda Gray has asked the County Council to install 20-minute parking bays outside the shop in a bid to boost trade.

Mr Farron said: “The shop and post office are a vital community service that is much needed in the village. Working with Bill and Brenda I am committed to doing everything I can to defend the service.

“I have asked Post Office Limited to help and I am also calling on the county council to support Brenda Gray’s request for 20 minute parking bays. We need this request to been agreed and done quickly - the usual council red tape where this proposal is sat on a committee agenda for six months could mean that this business will close. I hope that local residents will join us and make sure they support the shop and help us keep a vital service open.”

Councillor Gray added: “I am working with Tim and we will do everything we can to support the shop and post office. I have asked the county council to help provide parking bays to support the shop. Bill has told me that this will make a difference so I will keep pushing this. I hope that local residents join me and support a valuable local service with their custom.”

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6:39pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Lava says...

I can't see how 20 minute parking bays will make any difference to trade, it's currently unrestricted and there's always somewhere to park on Helmside Road nearby, if not outside the shop.

We need to fight to keep this business viable, but, I'm certain it's not parking that is causing a problem.
I can't see how 20 minute parking bays will make any difference to trade, it's currently unrestricted and there's always somewhere to park on Helmside Road nearby, if not outside the shop. We need to fight to keep this business viable, but, I'm certain it's not parking that is causing a problem. Lava
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8:12pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Helvellyn55 says...

If no body wants to use the shop then surely its owner should look to what he sells and the price, and others should not speak of sticking plaster solutions 20 minute parking bays merely serve to inconvenince others and not solve the problem

If the good are not what the village wants or needs then he has but hoimself to blame and deserves to close. No one owes him a living.
If no body wants to use the shop then surely its owner should look to what he sells and the price, and others should not speak of sticking plaster solutions 20 minute parking bays merely serve to inconvenince others and not solve the problem If the good are not what the village wants or needs then he has but hoimself to blame and deserves to close. No one owes him a living. Helvellyn55
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9:47pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Lakeuk says...

Never realised there was a shop there, wonder what they sell?

Our local Spar on Sandylands is well know for it's home made cakes, Oxenholme probable needs to find it's own neesh to click with locals modus operandi down that end of town
Never realised there was a shop there, wonder what they sell? Our local Spar on Sandylands is well know for it's home made cakes, Oxenholme probable needs to find it's own neesh to click with locals modus operandi down that end of town Lakeuk
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2:59pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Ben Berry says...

No business owner wants to be told what to do. But in this case I would suggest someone with some fresh eyes looks at the business offering.

As mentioned, similar businesses are thriving by diversification.

I hope him all the best.
No business owner wants to be told what to do. But in this case I would suggest someone with some fresh eyes looks at the business offering. As mentioned, similar businesses are thriving by diversification. I hope him all the best. Ben Berry
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1:26am Fri 9 Nov 12

ELBEAN says...

I went there to post a large parcel and they could not take it.
I went there to post a large parcel and they could not take it. ELBEAN
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5:53pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Lava says...

ELBEAN wrote:
I went there to post a large parcel and they could not take it.
That's because it's a Post Office Local - they are a 'convenient' Post Office Counter and do basic stuff only. It's better than not having one at all. The main purpose of the business appears to be that and as a News Agency. They also do the Lottery.
[quote][p][bold]ELBEAN[/bold] wrote: I went there to post a large parcel and they could not take it.[/p][/quote]That's because it's a Post Office Local - they are a 'convenient' Post Office Counter and do basic stuff only. It's better than not having one at all. The main purpose of the business appears to be that and as a News Agency. They also do the Lottery. Lava
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8:50pm Mon 12 Nov 12

local20 says...

Helvellyn55 wrote:
If no body wants to use the shop then surely its owner should look to what he sells and the price, and others should not speak of sticking plaster solutions 20 minute parking bays merely serve to inconvenince others and not solve the problem If the good are not what the village wants or needs then he has but hoimself to blame and deserves to close. No one owes him a living.
Has Helvellyn55 ever visited Oxenholme Store? If not they should, most things are what the locals asked for.
[quote][p][bold]Helvellyn55[/bold] wrote: If no body wants to use the shop then surely its owner should look to what he sells and the price, and others should not speak of sticking plaster solutions 20 minute parking bays merely serve to inconvenince others and not solve the problem If the good are not what the village wants or needs then he has but hoimself to blame and deserves to close. No one owes him a living.[/p][/quote]Has Helvellyn55 ever visited Oxenholme Store? If not they should, most things are what the locals asked for. local20
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