Post Office bosses were accused of “running their own business down” after announcing 67 more branch closures in the West Midlands.
They published the results of a consultation into the future of postal services in the Black Country, Worcestershire and Herefordshire - and announced that only one branch had been saved as a result of opposition from the public and politicians to closures.
It is the second time Post Office Ltd has held a major consultation on closures which resulted in only one branch staying open.
Earlier this year, it asked for opinions about a mass cull of post offices in Birmingham, Solihull and Warwickshire, which also led to just one branch being taken off the list, with 55 closing their doors.
The closures include branches replaced by “outreach” services, which can include so-called mobile post offices operated from vans for a short period each week.
As a result of the latest consultation, which began in August, The Butts Post Office, in Walsall, has been saved.
Another branch, Tudorville Post Office in Ross-on-Wye, has been granted a stay of execution, as Post Office Ltd said it was still reviewing proposals to shut it.
Closures of the remaining 67 branches, including 13 to be replaced by outreach services, will begin in November.
And Post Office Ltd also announced that it had decided to consider the case for scrapping another branch, Wilkin in Brownhills, Walsall, which had not been on the original list.
Dudley South MP Ian Pearson (Lab) said he was bitterly disappointed at the decision to close Brockmoor, Silver End and Barnet Lanepost offices in his constituency.
He said: “I don’t see how Royal Mail can say it has listened to the views of local people in coming to its decision. Closing three vital post offices flies in the face of common sense and the needs of the community.”
Fellow Black Country MP John Spellar (Lab Warley), whose constituency will lose three post offices, said: “This so-called consultation was clearly a cosmetic exercise. They didn’t listen to the good arguments made by myself, the owners or the constituents who wrote in.
“I am bitterly disappointed, not only on behalf of the areas affected, but also at the attitude of a Post Office management who seem intent on running their own business down.”
And Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff (Con), who had told Post Office Ltd he accepted two proposed closures in his constituency, said he was “shocked” that the business had instead announced that five would go.
He said: “The fact that Post Office Ltd is pressing ahead with all five closures despite the powerful arguments put forward by the communities served by those offices shows an appalling lack of concern for the people involved – sub-post mistresses, staff and customers.”
Across the country, 2,500 branches are set to go as part of the current closure programme.
But Post Office Ltd insists changes are needed because of falling customer numbers and the increasing use of the internet to access services.
The network has lost four million customers over the past two years and makes a loss of £3.5 million a week. It currently receives a subsidy of £150 million each year from taxpayers.
Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Black Country Post Offices to close:
Barnett Lane, No.3 Shop, Barnett Lane, Kingswinford, DY6 9PJ;
Bengeworth, 3 Northwick Road, Bengeworth, Evesham, WR11 3AN;
Bilford Road, 200 Bilford Road, Worcester, WR3 8HL;
Bishops Wood, The Post Office, Bishops Wood, Ross-On-Wye, HR9 5QX;
Brampton Bryan, Brampton Bryan, Bucknell, SY7 0DH;
Brampton Road, (Temporarily closed), 47 Brampton Road, Hereford, HR2 7DF;
Brasshouse Lane, 98 Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick, Warley B66 1BA;
Brockhampton, Brockhampton, Hereford, HR1 4SD;
Brockmoor, 49a Station Road, Brierley Hill, DY5 3HT;
Church Lench, Main Street, Church Lench, Evesham, WR11 4UE;
Cleeve Prior, Cleeve Prior Memorial Hall, Main St, Cleeve Prior, Evesham, WR11 8LE;
Clent, Clent Parish Hall, Church Avenue, Clent, Stourbridge, DY9 9QT;
Comberton Hill, 39 Comberton Hill, Kidderminster, DY10 1QN;
Delves, 157 Walstead Road, Delves, Walsall, WS5 4LU;
Dudley Fields, 2 Sneyd Hall Road, Dudley Fields, Walsall WS3 2NP;
Edwin Ralph, Edwin Ralph Post Office, Bromyard, HR7 4LY;
Finstall, 25 Alcester Road, Bromsgrove, B60 1EL;
Greets Green, 87 Whitehall Road, West Bromwich, B70 0HG;
Hanley Castle, Hanley Castle, Worcester, WR8 0BJ;
Hasbury, 93 Hagley Road, Hasbury, Halesowen, B63 4QB;
High Street, 117 High Street, West Bromwich, B70 6NY;
Link Top, 84 Worcester Road, Malvern, WR14 1NY;
Llangrove, Prospect Place, Llangrove, Ross-On-Wye, HR9 6ET;
Long Lane, 307 Long Lane, Halesowen, B62 9LB;
Lyonshall, ‘Tellin’, Lyonshall, Kington, HR5 3LL;
Mount Pleasant, 153 Mount Pleasant, Redditch, B97 4JJ;
New Street, 70 New Street, West Bromwich, B70 7PT;
Newhampton Road West, 209 Newhampton Road West, Wolverhampton, WV6 0RW;
Oldswinford, 94-98 Hagley Road, Oldswinford, Stourbridge, DY8 1QU;
Pedmore, 282 Hagley Road, Stourbridge, DY9 0RH;
Pinvin, 12 Pershore Terrace, Pinvin, Pershore, WR10 2DR;
Poolbrook, 120a Poolbrook Road, Malvern, WR14 3JF;
Portobello, 616 Willenhall Road, Willenhall, WV13 3RA;
Prestwood Road, 301 Prestwood Road, Wolverhampton, WV11 1RQ;
Quarry Bank, 41 High Street, Quarry Bank, Brierley Hill DY5 2AA;
Redhill, 38 Mayberry Avenue, Hereford, HR2 7QR;
Rock Hill, 7 Rock Hill, Bromsgrove, B61 7LL;
Rood End, 123 Rood End Road, Oldbury, Warley, B68 8SL;
Rounds Green, 87 Brades Road, Oldbury, Warley, B69 2EB;
Rushall, 112 Lichfield Road, Walsall, WS4 1EN;
Rushall, Rushall, Ledbury, HR8 2PA;
Rushwick, Bransford Road, Rushwick, Worcester, WR2 5TA;
Silver End, 325 Brettell Lane, Brierley Hill, DY5 3QR;
Stafford Street, 68 Stafford Street, Walsall, WS2 8DR;
Stanley Road, 16 Stanley Road, Oldbury, Warley, B68 0DY;
Stone, Park Lane, Harvington, Kidderminster, DY10 4LW;
Sutton-St-Nicholas, Sutton-St-Nicholas, Hereford, HR1 3AU;p
The Walshes, 22 Queens Road, Stourport-On-Severn, DY13 0BH;p
Upper Penn, 276-278 Penn Road, Penn, Wolverhampton, WV4 4AD;
Victoria Park, 284a High Street, Smethwick, Warley B66 3NU;
Villiers Avenue, 1 Villiers Square, Bilston, WV14 6QN;
Wickhamford, 43 Pitchers Hill, Wickhamford, Evesham, WR11 7RT;
Wolverley, (Temporarily closed), The Newsagents Shop, Wolverley Kidderminster, DY11 5XD;
Woodrow, Woodrow Centre, Redditch, B98 7RY.
These branches will close and be replaced by an “outreach” branch:
Almeley,1 West View, Almeley, Hereford, HR3 6LE;
Bishops Frome, Post Office & Stores, Bishops Frome, Worcester, WR6 5AP;
Callow End, The Blue Bell, 35 Upton Road, Callow End, Worcester, WR2 4TY;
Clifton On Teme, 27 The Village Store, Clifton On Teme, Worcester, WR6 6EN;
Cradley, Cradley, Malvern, WR13 5NF;
Dorstone, Dorstone Stores, Dorstone, Hereford, HR3 6AN;
Elmley Castle, Village Hall, Main Street, Elmley Castle, Pershore, WR10 3HS;
Lower Eggleton, Lower Eggleton, Ledbury, HR8 2TZ;
Pembridge, Ye Olde Steppes, High Street, Pembridge, Leominster, HR6 9DS;
Upper Sapey, Upper Sapey, Worcester, WR6 6XR;
Upper Welland, 146 Upper Welland Road, Malvern, WR14 4LA;
Whitney on Wye, Whitney Stores, Whitney on Wye, Hereford, HR3 6EH;
Wigmore, Wigmore, Leominster, HR6 9UJ.
This branch has been saved:
The Butts, 44 Butts Road Walsall WS4 2BW
A decision has been delayed about this one:
Tudorville Walford Road, Tudorville, Ross-On-Wye HR9 5PY
Post Office Ltd is launching a new consultation about closing this one, which wasn’t included on the original list:
Wilkin Post Office, 94 Hednesford Road, Brownhills Walsall WS8 7LT