Member of Parliament for South Leicestershire, Alberto Costa, has welcomed the tremendous response to his survey sent to over 1,500 constituents asking for their views on the Post Office in Ullesthorpe.
Alberto wrote to his constituents in the villages of Ullesthorpe, Claybrooke Parva, Claybrooke Magna, Frolesworth, Ashby Parva and Bittesby enquiring as to their usage of their local Post Office and the improvements they wished to see made to the services currently being offered.
Of the 1,600 surveys sent to residents, 669 were returned representing a 41.8% return rate. Alberto will soon be writing to all respondents to thank them for completing his survey, and to provide with a summary of the survey’s findings.
Alberto said, “I am delighted with the brilliant response to my survey for the Ullesthorpe Post Office. An overwhelming 99% of respondents stated that their local Post Office was ‘important’ or ‘very important’, this clearly underpins the tremendous sense of community spirit almost all residents have toward this key service, and demonstrates the huge need of maintaining the Post Office for years to come”.
Harborough District Councillor for Ullesthorpe Ward, Rosita Page, added, “Alberto and I place great emphasis on personal engagement with our residents, and this is a good example to demonstrate that we care about local issues, but ultimately we are limited in our actions to secure outcomes. My message to residents is really to use the Post Office or lose it”.
Alberto concluded, “Rural Post Offices have been closing across the country at quite an alarming rate in recent years hence why I wanted to touch base with my constituents in Ullesthorpe and the surrounding villages to gauge the strength of feeling toward their local branch. As part of the survey, constituents were also asked about any new services they would like to see introduced at the Post Office in Ullesthorpe, and I will soon be meeting with the Post Office, the branch’s Postmaster and the area’s excellent local Councillor Rosita Page to present the survey’s findings and to see when these new services can be introduced”.
Picture above shows Alberto with Mr Nav Vara, Postmaster of the Ullesthorpe Post Office, and District Councillor Rosita Page outside the Post Office in Ullesthorpe.