Meetings planned to discuss Honiton Post Office proposals

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

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

Public forum will be held first, followed by an open meeting.

Residents in Honiton will have two opportunities to share their feedback about the proposed move of Honiton Post Office to WHSmith.

The Herald reported last month how Post Office Ltd had started a six-week consultation about the move, which would see the current service operate from the WHSmith store, in High Street.

Following the announcement, Honiton Senior Voice organised a public meeting, which will be held at Honiton Methodist Hall next Friday (May 20).

This, says Voice spokesman Tony Simpson, has been arranged because the organisation believes residents have not been properly consulted on the move. Mr Simpson said: “The public have not been properly consulted on this move of the Crown post office to WHSmith. If they were, we do not believe our members would agree with it.


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“On Saturday, April 30, there was a queue outside the door of the Crown post office so we wonder if WHSmith would have the space and capacity to deal with it any better.

“The Crown post office is too important to be left to market forces and we believe there should be a proper public meeting in Honiton.”

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But a post office spokesman has said a customer forum will be held at The Beehive next Monday (May 16), giving residents the chance to discuss the proposals directly.

The spokesman added: “We very much want to hear the views of local customers during the consultation about Honiton Post Office. People can get in touch by phone, post, email and via our website and are also, of course, very welcome at the customer forum we will be holding.”

The drop-in customer forum, which is part of the six-week consultation, will be on at The Beehive between 3.30pm and 7.30pm.

Honiton Senior Voice’s public meeting at the Methodist hall will be held from 3pm.

Those who wish to share feedback about the proposals another way can do so by visiting www.postofficeviews.co.uk or emailing comments@postoffice.co.uk.

Alternatively, call 03457 223344 or send in feedback by post: FREEPOST Your Comments.

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