Councils back calls to save post offices

PUBLISHED: 13:29 01 July 2008 | UPDATED: 21:59 15 June 2010

MILLWAY Rise Post Office should be kept open, according to local authorities and organisations in Devon.

MILLWAY Rise Post Office should be kept open, according to local authorities and organisations in Devon.In a joint response to Post Office Limited's (POL) consultation, the Axminster-based post office was among 10 listed to be retained.The partnership, which includes Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, the Community Council of Devon, Devon Rural Network and Devon Renaissance, set out its arguments for the retention of those affected and asked POL to re-think some of their outreach proposals. The Post Office's six-week public consultation period ended on Monday.Post Office member champion for East Devon, Councillor Ken Potter said: "Three out of the 10 threatened branches, that the Devon authorities argue should remain, are situated in East Devon."The strength of our residents' feeling is demonstrated by the number of letters the council has received protesting at Post Office Limited's plans. "We would urge the company to listen to the views of the people who not only use its services but who rely on its position to provide a focal point for the community."The full joint response can be seen at www.devon.gov.uk

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