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January date for Ramsey post office public meeting

Ramsey residents have another opportunity this month to raise concerns over plans to close the town's post office at its current home in the Court House building.

A second public meeting has been called, this time by Chairman of Ramsey Commissioners Captain Nigel Malpass.

The meeting on 29 January will be held at Ramsey Grammar School - the venue which saw angry scenes when more than 400 local people gathered in November, to protest at the closure.

Plans to transfer the business of crown offices in Ramsey and Douglas to local Spar stores, are currently on hold for a review of options.

There were angry scenes at a packed public meeting in Ramsey called shortly after the Post Office announced it was to close crown offices in Ramsey and Douglas.

Captain Malpass says he's been driven to organise another event, after speaking to hundreds of upset elderly people during Christmas visits to residential sheltered complexes.

Without exception he says, he was asked to speak up on residents' behalf and reflect an overwhelming view that the post office in its location is a vital local amenity, which allows them to socialise with friends and counter staff during their weekly visit.

The embattled panel of last time, Ramsey MHKs Allan Bell and Leonard Singer and Post Office chairman Graham Cregeen and his chief executive Mike Kelly are once again invited to hear from and address the audience.


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