Villagers battle to save post office

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Residents are fighting the closure of their village post office.

More than 50 people from Steeple Claydon, Calvert and surrounding villages attended a meeting on Monday night, over plans to close Steeple Claydon Post Office.

The meeting took place in The Phoenix pub.

Resident Suzy Barton said: “There was a real passion to save the post office as it currently exists, rather than changing it to one of the local branches within a retail outlet.

“They are proposing that they will close the local branch and open a counter in one of the retail stores in the village, which will run a vastly reduced level of service, with staff from the retail store working on the post office counter rather than a knowledgeable postmistress as we have at the moment.”

Ms Barton called the proposal ‘ludicrous’.

She said: “The post office supports not just Steeple Claydon but also the surrounding villages and Calvert Green. And they’re about to build another 80 houses in Steeple Claydon, so taking services away doesn’t make sense.”

And she worries, if people no longer come to the post office, it could have a knock-on effect and lead to the closure of adjacent Karl’s Bakery.

Villagers have started a campaign to save their post office. A paper petition is available for people to sign in both Karl’s Bakery and The Phoenix. They have also set up an e-petition, which already has 416 signatures, and a Facebook page with 247 likes. And they have asked Post Office Ltd to attend a local meeting.