PUBLISHED: 17:01 26 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:23 10 June 2010
SATURDAY, JULY 26: BUDLEIGH Salterton has lost its battle to save the Greenway Lane Post Office from closure. Post Office Limited this week announced the fight had been unsuccessful. Post master Nigel Robinson said he believed the post office counter would cease trading on
BUDLEIGH Salterton has lost its battle to save the Greenway Lane Post Office from closure. Post Office Limited this week announced the fight had been unsuccessful.Post master Nigel Robinson said he believed the post office counter would cease trading on September 4, 2008.The post office in St Andrew's Road, Exmouth, will also close in the autumn. Mr Robinson, who has run the post office for six years, now fears the decision could spell the end for his popular shop.He said the closure of the post office was guaranteed to have a knock-on effect on overall trade.Mr Robinson said that, although the shop was in a residential area, people who were forced to use alternative post office facilities in the town centre would be unlikely to make a second journey to shop in Greenway Lane.The postmaster said he would also be out of pocket as the small area currently used as the post office would need integrating back into the shop.Mr Robinson said: "In the short term we will keep going, but we need to keep an eye on things with the accountants. We can't run at a loss."East Devon MP Hugo Swire, who campaigned to save the Greenway Lane service, said the closures would cause a lot of people to be 'greatly inconvenienced'.