Residents demand return of post box

By Ian Dipple Thursday 17 April 2014 Updated: 18/04 08:17

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FRUSTRATED residents in Church Hill have called for the post box in the district centre to be reinstated.

The £3.55million revamp of the district centre was completed at the end of last year and saw the creation of a new GP and dental practices as well as shop units for existing businesses.

But while everything else was moved across to the new site on the former car park at the bottom of Tanhouse Lane, the postbox was left standing and has now been cleared away while a new housing estate is built where the shopping centre was.

Although a post office branch does exist within McColl’s newsagent, residents have grown increasingly frustrated they have to queue up just to post a letter. Outside of opening hours they are forced to walk or drive to Cleeve Close or Ridings Lane to the next nearest postbox.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said the situation was becoming farcical.

“The provision of a mail box for the purpose of posting is such there is no other facility anywhere near. No good for the older residents or the infirm. There was enough of a problem with the lack of telephone lines for the businesses who moved in. Someone is taking the mickie here.”

Val Bodden, spokeswoman for Royal Mail, said the box had been removed at the request of developers and would be reinstated on Tanhouse Lane as soon as the results of underground utility cables and landowner searches at the new site had been completed.

“Royal Mail apologises to customers for the temporary inconvenience and in the meantime, we would ask customers to use any other postboxes in the area or drop off mail at the post office branch.”

There is more disruption for residents living near to the centre as a footpath allowing residents to cut through Gordon Anstis House to get to the new shops, is set to be permanently closed. It means residents in Mendip House and nearby will have to walk away from the centre and around to get to it in future. The path is being closed as part of the work on the new housing estate and will be removed as part of the project.

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