An online petition has been launched to help save Pinner Post Office from possible closure.

Pinner Post Office is one of 39 Post Offices up and down the country that is currently looking for a private franchise to remain open.

A petition however, launched on Monday (January) is rallying for support to stop the possible closure of Pinner Post Office in what it claims to be a “vital resource within our community”.

The 'Stop Pinner Post Office Closing' petition has seen just shy of 1,000 signatures, with locals pledging their support.

Niamh McEnery, who has lived in Pinner all her life, started the petition, in an effort for local residents to have their say.

Niamh told getwestlondon : “Local people want to support local businesses and the community is yet again going to be losing a vital resource.

“I set up the campaign to highlight that the Post Office might close and to bring it to the forefront of the community.

“I think the petition has brought people together, and has reinforced that we need this in our community and if it closes, there will be a substantial loss of jobs.

“If the Post Office closes, it'll be yet another vacant lot, quickly sold by the council to make more flats.

“We need to save our high street and save a vital resource which is needed within Pinner and the community including elderly residents who depend on having a local Post Office.”

'Very much needed public service'

Pinner Post Office is one of 39 Crown Post Offices in the UK that is up for franchise for a private company to take over and run.

Typically, this often means the current buildings will close and the services will move into a nearby newsagent, such as a WH Smith or other shop.

The petition has seen many people comment with their admiration of the listed building, that they say needs to remain a functioning Post Office, not moved over to a private company.

One commenter said: "Pinner is a very busy community and it needs the Post Office open.

"Why should the elderly, disabled or anyone have to drive or use public transport to get to another Post Office?”

Another said: “My dad worked there for over 10 years, the site is a very much needed public service, the employees are all very well respected in the community.”

After the announcement of the possible closure of the Post Offices, Roger Gale, Post Office’s general manager of the Crown network, said: “In some locations, directly-run Crown Post Office branches work well but in others there are alternatives, such as franchising, which can work better for the business and its customers, not just in terms of access to Post Office services but also in relation to long term viability."

Local residents are encouraged to sign the 'Stop Pinner Post Office Closing' petition at the website .