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Village post office services at risk of big downgrading

Byfield Co-op store where the Post Office intends to introduce changes to the village service

Byfield Co-op store where the Post Office intends to introduce changes to the village service

Residents of six large villages are being asked for their opinions on the loss of their dedicated post office service.

Byfield PO is housed in two secure positions at the Co-op store, but the post office intends to do away with the cubicles and replace them with a till alongside the cash desks.

The service serves Charwelton, the Boddingtons, Chipping Warden and Aston le Walls. Byfield parish council chairman John Gillic said the planned changes are not welcome.

“The post office has not made the plans clear in any detail but shop staff would be trained to do the post office business and the parish council is concerned about the loss of dedicated expertise,” he said.

“We are concerned about the loss of privacy for those doing banking, paying bills, passport checks and drawing money and also the lack of security for parcels and registered mail. We have had at least one armed robbery attempt in recent years.”

The post office says the new service would be available during long shopping hours and the low counter would assist the disabled, but the parish council says that is not a strong enough argument for the disadvantages that come with the changes.

Closing date for consultation is Tuesday at comments@postoffice.co.uk, quoting the branch code of 28822699, or collect a form from the post office.

For those, especially the elderly, who need help in posting comments online contact parish clerk Angela Weller on 01327 260022.

 

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