PO branch battle plea

PUBLISHED: 02:01 23 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:10 10 June 2010

MORE than one thousand people have backed the fight to save the St Andrews Road Post Office from closure. The determination of residents of Exmouth Quay and nearby roads saw the campaign station itself outside the Post Office for five days from June 2 to

MORE than one thousand people have backed the fight to save the St Andrews Road Post Office from closure.The determination of residents of Exmouth Quay and nearby roads saw the campaign station itself outside the Post Office for five days from June 2 to June 7.Branch users and passers-by were interviewed for their views on the potential closure of the branch - and a dossier on just how important the service is will be compiled and sent to Post Office HQ before the public consultation on branch closures ends on June 30.Campaign organiser Ian Dowell, an Exmouth Quay Residents' Association official, said: "There was an overwhelming feeling that the older people in our area will struggle to get to the Magnolia Centre to use the Post Office. Many are upset at the thought of joining queue that is more like a maze at a country house."A dozen Exmouth Quay residents were boosted by the support of members of groups from Morton Crescent, Morton Road, St Andrews Road and Victoria Road.Meanwhile, independent watchdog Postwatch has urged customers to have their say before the consultation ends. The St Andrews Road branch is one of 14 Devon Post Offices under threat - including Greenway Lane in Budleigh Salterton, and the Clyst St George branch.Customers have until June 30 to send their views to Post Office Ltd via email at consultation@postoffice.co.uk, or the website www.postoffice.co.uk/networkchange, or by phone on 08457 22 33 44.Customers can also let Postwatch know their views by writing to Freepost Postwatch or by e-mail to info@postwatch.co.uk.

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