East Devon politicians bid to save post offices

A delegation from East Devon has lobbied post office minister Ed Davey over the future of post offices in Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton.

Councillor Ken Potter, East Devon District Council’s champion for rural communities and post offices, Hugo Swire MP and Tiverton and Honiton MP, Neil Parish, held talks with the minister in Whitehall.

Mr Potter said that the government was committed to offering postal services to 11,500 communities currently served nationally and was keen to improve on that number.

At least 2,000 traditional post offices will be converted to ‘Post Office Locals’, integrated with a convenience store.

Hugo Swire said: “The minister was clear that there would be some profound changes, but that the Post Office needed to adapt to the times. I think there are some exciting new developments, which should underpin a service that we all want to see prosper.”