Ordeal ends for PO cull victim

PUBLISHED: 16:58 25 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:23 10 June 2010

FRIDAY, JULY 25: COME September and life will never be the same for St Andrews Road sub-postmaster Don Arscott who got confirmation this week that the Post Office he had given his life to would close for good. After 37 years at the branch his parents ran, the 52 year-ol

COME September and life will never be the same for St Andrews Road sub-postmaster Don Arscott - who got confirmation this week that the Post Office he had given his life to would close for good.After 37 years at the branch his parents ran, the 52 year-old will walk away from the Post Office on September 4, after 37 Devon branches were confirmed for closure.A philosophical Mr Arscott said: "From day one I thought 'this is it'. "They had tried to close me down five or six times before but it was voluntary so I said no. "There was no point in getting stressed or disappointed. I'm quite relieved now, as there are no longer any doubts."I've worked six days a week and haven't had a holiday for fifteen years, so I'm going to take a long break, maybe a holiday and take my time to think what I want to do next."More than 1,200 people were interviewed and recruited in support of the branch by local resident groups desperate to keep the branch open.Campaign organisers, the Exmouth Quay Residents Association, likened the Post Office Ltd consultation process on branch closures to "Mugabe's Zimbabwe elections".Mr Arscott added: "People have done everything they can. It was never going to make a difference, it was just an exercise to appease the public and media and lighten the impact."The St Andrews Road branch was joined in the cull by Post Offices at Clyst St George and Greenaway Lane in Budleigh Salterton. Reacting to the announcements - which spared eight Devon branches for further review - Mr Hugo Swire said: "I regret the closures of St Andrew's Road and Greenway Lane Post Offices and I think this decision will cause a lot of people in those communities to be greatly inconvenienced, especially as both these areas have a large number of elderly residents.

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