Support for Millwey Post Office

PUBLISHED: 06:49 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 15 June 2010

THE sub-postmaster of Millwey Rise Post Office has welcomed the backing of Axminster Town Council in his bid to keep the branch open.

THE sub-postmaster of Millwey Rise Post Office has welcomed the backing of Axminster Town Council in his bid to keep the branch open.Terry Fisher heard last week that the branch has been listed for closure under Post Office plans to cut the 14,000-branch national network by 2,500 branches.At an extraordinary meeting of the council, held last week, councillors said the service offered by the branch was a benefit to the community.It will now be adding its voice to the campaign by writing to different authorities.Among the reasons it listed for the retention of the branch was the fact that it is easily accessible by car, with good parking facilities nearby.It also offers longer trading hours, compared to the main branch in the town centre, and it is in a position to serve the many businesses based on Millwey Rise Industrial Estate.Councillors also said it was short sighted to consider closing the branch, when much of the anticipated development that is to take place in Axminster will be on that side of the town.The mayor, Councillor Graham Godbeer, said: "It is the centre of the community, not only because of networking but it is also used as a point of contact for people in the area and the police. It means people don't have to drive into Axminster, because they can walk to Millwey Rise and, with the proposed expansion of the town, why close it?"Mr Fisher said he was pleased the town council is supporting his campaign and he has also spoken to representatives on East Devon District Council and Devon County Council.He has drawn up a format letter for customers to use to make their feelings known about the proposal and will be holding two public meetings at Weycroft Hall, one on Thursday, June 5, and the other on Thursday, June 12, both starting at 8pm.He said: "We have 2,000 customers a week. Just imagine what effect that number of people trying to park in Axminster would have. It is a growing business, with customer numbers forecast to rise to 2,600."The district is also set to discuss the closure programme when its executive board meets tonight (Wednesday). It will be discussing a recommendation to liaise with town and parish councils.

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