According to the Echo today:
BATTLE lines were being drawn today over plans to close 31 post offices across Essex.
Essex County Council leader Lord Hanningfield is expected to join south Essex MPs outside Parliament in a protest against the closure plans.
It comes after it emerged the sub-post office in the Chase, Rayleigh, as well as the Kings Parade branch in Nevendon Road, Wickford, and the Sunnymede branch in Greens Farm Lane, Billericay, are under threat.
This is part of a wave of closures across the UK that have been condemned by Lembit ?pik, Lib Dem shadow secretary of state for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform:
?These closures are completely unnecessary. It is obvious that there are ways of sustaining post offices without breaking the bank. What?s missing is the Government?s willingness to do so.
?What is the point in consultation if the views of accountants are more important than those of the customer?
?Once again vital social services are being lost to communities for the sake of money and because of an assessment process that takes little account of the effects of the changes being made.?