Concern as village loses Post Office

Ingleton Post Office.
Ingleton Post Office.

The closure of a village post office will cause “extreme hardship” for its elderly residents, it is claimed.

Ingleton district and parish councillor Carl Lis said many would now rely on relatives to help them collect pensions.

The High Street branch will close on Monday, January 27 after “the withdrawal of premises for Post Office use”, a Post Office spokesman said.

Manager Sharon Newbold declined to comment further.

Coun Lis said: “I’m deeply concerned. We have a high population of older people in Ingleton and they really do need it. It’s going to have a dramatic effect. My understanding is that it could take six months to open a new premises.”

Bosses want an Ingleton retailer to add Post Office services to their business, as has been the case in Arnside, Caton and Clapham.

Customers have been advised to use neighbouring branches in Burton-in-Lonsdale and Bentham for the time being, but Coun Lis said: “If you’re 85, going to a nearby branch is not going to happen. Not enough thought has gone into it. We have less than a week to get plans together to get the older people to other branches.”

The Post Office spokesman apologised for any inconvenience caused by the closure and said it was working hard to find a way restore services.

Anyone interested in offering Post Office services is asked to contact an advisor on 0845-601-6260.