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UPDATE: Campaign launches to keep open the Royal Mail sorting office in Axbridge

THE Axbridge sorting office has been given notice of just 12 weeks that it will close and be relocated to Winscombe.

And postmaster Richard Helps says that without the sorting office the Post Office is likely to be unviable and could eventually be forced to close.

Now the Axbridge Chamber of Commerce has launched a campaign to prevent the closure.

A spokesperson chamber said:  “The chamber has 40 members with with every business reliant on the Post Office for sending and receiving parcels.

“It cannot be underestimated how important the Post Office is as a centre for the community bringing people together and as a stationery and general goods shop.

“The sorting office itself employs key workers all of whom would have to drive to Winscombe several miles away if the office is relocated there.

“For years, the office has operated perfectly well with no disruption to the town providing jobs and opportunities for residents.

“However, it is the potential loss of the Post Office itself which has alarmed the Chamber, the residents and their political representatives as it would be a hammer blow to the town.”

Call to action

“Together with the town council and political representatives and all community groups we in the Chamber are asking Royal Mail to suspend the closure and consult with all interested parties.

“The Chamber of Commerce is also asking all those affected to lobby the various individuals and organisations that could bring pressure on Royal Mail to halt the closure.

“This can be done by signing the petition at the Post Office.

Plus:

Writing to Simon Thompson CEO of the Royal Mail, Royal Mail headquarters in 100 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0HQ

Writing to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, whose name is linked to Royal Mail, at Buckingham Palace, London

Writing to your MP James Heappey c/o House of Commons, London or email him at james.heappey.mp@parliament.uk

Emailing the Town council: Vicky.Brice@axbridge-tc.gov.uk

Emailing Sedgemoor District Council (Duncan McGinty is the leader of the council office@somersetconservatives.com)

Emailing Sedgemoor District councillors Graham Godwin at graham.godwin-pearson@sedgemoor.gov.uk and Liz Scott at moorlandfm@btinternet.com

 

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