Disabled Dunkeswell couple speak in support of Honiton Post Office plans

PUBLISHED: 10:54 13 May 2016 | UPDATED: 13:17 13 May 2016

Honiton post office. Ref mhh 04-16TI 9748. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton post office. Ref mhh 04-16TI 9748. Picture: Terry Ife

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Albert and Judy Henshaw believe that plans to move the current post office service to WH Smith should be enforced as it would benefit disabled residents and visitors to Honiton.

A disabled couple from Dunkeswell have spoken in support of controversial proposals to relocate Honiton Post Office.

Albert and Judy Henshaw believe that plans to move the current post office service to WH Smith should be enforced, as it would provide a ‘lifeline’ for disabled residents and visitors to town.

Post Office Ltd is currently in the middle of a six-week consultation period regarding the move.

The company intends to set up a new branch which operates in WH Smith, around 100 metres away from its current position.

The service would operate with extending opening hours for customers and offer the same range of post office services available seven days a week.

The plans have come under fire from residents, with a public meeting planned next Friday by Honiton Senior Voice so they can discussed at length by the community.

But Mr and Mrs Henshaw have spoken in support of the plans, and hopes they become a reality.

Mr Henshaw, who has lived with polio since he was 18-months-old, says he struggles to get to Honiton Post Office where it currently is as he had to push his wheelchair-bound wife up a slope to get to the building.

He said: “As soon as the Herald came through the door and we read about the proposals on the front page, I said ‘This is brilliant!’

“Honiton Post Office is up a bit of a slope and it has the zig-zag lines outside of it so we can’t park near it.”

Mr Henshaw says he parks either on High Street or New Street Car Park, but still struggles to reach the building because of his ailment, and the fact there is an incline on the pavement leading to the post office.

He added that should the move happen, it would beneficial to both elderly and disabled people as it would be in an ‘ideal, central position’ in Honiton.

“I think it would be a lifeline for disabled people,” he said.

“It’s going to be good for everybody.”

Mrs Henshaw, who has brittle bones, added: “We are delighted to hear this news and hope the move takes place.

“My husband and I are both physically disabled, I am a wheelchair user.

“Whenever we need to use the post office, parking up that end of town is not easy. All the spaces are taken, usually very early in the day.

“We park in either the car park in Lace Walk, or in New Street - whichever has disabled spaces available.

“On the occasions when we have to visit the post office, we have to walk up the High Street from the car park.

“It is such a trek up hill. If the post office was situated in WH Smith, for example, it would be ideal. It would benefit all those people with walking difficulties and disabilities.”

Post Office Ltd is still seeking feedback from the community regarding the proposals.

Customers can provide views during the consultation via www.postofficeviews.co.uk, emailing comments@postoffice.co.uk, calling 03457 223344 or by post: FREEPOST Your Comments.


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