District will continue to fight for Offwell and Millwey

PUBLISHED: 14:16 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:08 15 June 2010

EAST Devon District Council will continue to fight to save Millwey and Offwell Post Offices, now that a second review of their status is being undertaken.

EAST Devon District Council will continue to fight to save Millwey and Offwell Post Offices, now that a second review of their status is being undertaken.

Council leaders held an emergency meeting at Knowle yesterday morning as Post Office Limited published a list of 37 branches across Devon that will definitely close.

Millwey and Offwell were not on the list and a final decision on the post offices' future has been put off for up to six weeks.

In a joint statement, the council's leader, Sara Randall Johnson, and Post Office Member Champion Ken Potter said: "East Devon District Council will do all it can to support post office services at Millwey and Offwell, which are being reviewed by Postwatch. We will also support Plymtree Post Office, which is subject to the proposed 'outreach' solution.

"In April 2011, the Government;s annual subsidy of £150 million to support the network of post offices will be reviewed. If it is now reviewed, a further 8,000 post offices could be threatened with closure."

The council is lobbying the Local Government Association and MPs in a bid to prevent further closures.

It is also keen to work with Devon County Council - to investigate any possible joint help that may be given to threatened services.

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