Terry vows to fight post office closure

PUBLISHED: 07:55 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:51 15 June 2010

AN Axminster businessman, who has vowed to fight plans to close Millwey Post Office, has just five weeks to get the post office off a Devon-wide hit list.

AN Axminster business-man, who has vowed to fight plans to close Millwey Post Office, has just five weeks to get the post office off a Devon-wide hit list.Terry Fisher, of Millwey Rise Spar and Post Office, said the announcement to axe the branch at Millwey was misjudged and is calling for residents' support.He said: "We are going to fight. We have got to. Despite what the post office say, there are many more customers coming here than they realise. "But I can't do this on my own. I need the people behind me." He said he was both shocked and saddened when he heard the news last week that his post office was earmarked for closure, along with more than 40 others across Devon. He said: "I couldn't believe it when I heard the news. I was very upset. I've been here for 14 years and have worked hard to build the business up. "I can't just stand here and let them take it all away."It's quite frightening in a way and it's very sad for the people around here. I have customers coming from all over - even as far as Taunton. We provide a good service, invest in our customers and I believe the business is viable."People have come into the shop to show their support. Some have asked what they can do to help, and others have taken the initiative and contacted the national consultation team of Post Office Limited."Mr Fisher said he was working with the town and district council, as well as residents, to put forward his case to keep the post office open. He said preparations were under way to tackle the possible closure.A consultation period was launched giving residents until June 30 to state their case. Mr Fisher said, in that time, he hoped to show that he was running a successful business.Devon County Council has previously expressed concern about the impact of the closures on local communities, and will be responding to the consultation before the deadline.A telephone helpline is also being set up - to give those who want to continue to run threatened post offices or who wish to close but feel that there is a need for post office services within their community. After gathering all the facts, the council may, in some cases, provide financial support to help sustain post office services, although such support could not be considered a long term measure, an official statement said.

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