WORRIED residents in Prescot fear the area’s main Post Office is set to be axed and moved to an out of town retail park.
Around 1,500 people have signed a petition calling on Royal Mail not to sell off the franchise for the Aspinall Street centre.
Campaigners had believed Tesco were preparing to make a bid and move the entire operation out of the town centre to its superstore at the Cables Retails Park.
But bosses at the retail giant have told the Prescot Reporter they have no plans to make a approach for the local branch.
Town councillor Ian Smith, who is heading a protest against the closure, says any move will further weakened Prescot’s economic future.
He said: “If something like this went ahead it would be another nail in the coffin of Prescot town centre; we have lost so much, we can’t afford to lose this.
“It is always very busy and if you ever visit in the afternoon it is packed with people because so many local businesses rely on the service.”
Coun Smith, who is the local Liberal Democrat group leader on the town council, wants support to keep the Post Office from Labour-run Knowsley Council.
“I would question what Knowsley Council is doing about this - their council officers should be protecting this service because it is vital for Prescot,” he said.
“We haven’t heard anything from them about this so I don’t know if it is on ther radar, but it certainly should be.”
Petitions have been placed in sheltered housing, community centres and shops across Prescot for residents unhappy at the plans to voice their opposition.
No-one from Post Office was available for comment.
A Knowsley Council spokesman said: “Representatives from Knowsley Council and the Post Office met yesterday regarding the Post Office’s intention to undertake a review of 70 of its 380 Crown Post Offices across the country.
“The council is advised that the review is part of the Post Office’s modernisation programme and that there are no proposals for any post office closures. The council will support the Post Office in conducting its review wherever possible.”