HEREFORDSHIRE Council has today made a motion condemning the closure of county post offices.

The motion, passed unanimously at today’s full council meeting, says Post Office Ltd have shown contempt for the people of Herefordshire and slams the company’s six-week consultation process as a “sham.”

On Wednesday, Post Office bosses confirmed the closure of 10 branches in Herefordshire, with a further eight set to operate through ‘outreach services’.

Leader Roger Phillips said the fact Post Office Ltd had split the Black Country economic area and put Wolverhampton, Walsall and Dudley in with Herefordshire and Worcestershire was “devious and deceitful” as it changed the average number of miles people have to travel to a post office.

He said the council would look into the possibility of seeking a judicial review of the process.

“This council calls on our Members of Parliament and our Local Government Association to expose this process as a sham and urges the government to demonstrate genuine commitment to sustainable communities,” he said.

Council also vowed to continue to oppose the closure of Tudorville Post Office - the only branch in the county subject to further review.