A PETITION has been started to bring back a post office to Hawkshead after it had to close down last year. 

Following the resignation of the postmaster, Hawkshead Post Office had to shut its doors. 

For years the post office has been the only place where people can use banking services or withdraw cash and has been a key community hub in the middle of the village.

The South Lakes MP Tim Farron and local Liberal Democrat councillors have now launched a petition to bring the post office back to the village. 

The Westmorland Gazette: Tim Farron with councillors Ian Wharton and Tracy CowardTim Farron with councillors Ian Wharton and Tracy Coward (Image: Submitted)

In a letter to the chief executive of Post Office Ltd, Mr Farron and councillors Suzanne Pender, Ian Wharton and Tracy Coward said:  “The age profile of Hawkshead is older than the national average, and 10 per cent of the community don’t have a car and public transport is very limited.

“A round trip on foot to the next nearest post office in Coniston would take well over two hours.

“It would be a tragedy if Hawkshead is continued to be left without a post office."

The petition is on the Westmorland and Furness Liberal Democrat website page.