An MP has said urgent action is needed to restore post office services in a Northumberland village after the current one was closed down almost without warning.
The office was located in a shop in the centre of Newbiggin which has unexpectedly ceased trading.
With no bank in Newbiggin, Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery, says villagers have been left with no access to banking services other than an automated cash dispenser at the local Co-op.
“We need to do everything we can to see that a post office service is re-introduced in Newbiggin as a matter of the utmost urgency,” he said.
“People relied on the post office for access to their pension or Social Security payments and the only way they can do that at the moment is to travel five miles into Ashington to find another post office.
“A lot of the people who relied on the post office are either elderly or perhaps disabled and many will have no access to transport other than using the public bus service.”
The MP is working with Northumberland County Councillors Liz Simpson and Jimmy Lang to do what they can to seek an early solution to the dilemma.
“The closure of the post office is nothing short of a disaster for the people of Newbiggin.”