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    I heard this morning that 2,500 post offices are to be shut down!!
    You can bet the one thats a minutes walk away from me and very handy/essential for my future plans will be one to close.
    Im crossing everything I can cross, not just my fingers!
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    It's driving me mad. I had a post office 2 minutes away from me. It was one that got shut down last year so unfortunately the little newsagents that the post office was situated in went out of business. It had been there since the village was first built in the 1930's.

    There has been a planning application put in to make it into a hot food takeaway. We stay in a very rural district and that is the last thing we need, we need a newsagent and post office as the nearest post office is now a good 10 minutes walk away, that's okay I am young and fit (well fairly young and fairly fit), but the majority of the area are elderly and they can't walk to this post office. Now another 2,500 are to get shut whats the betting the one 10 minutes away gets shut. What are the elderly going to do then. It's not just a post office to them it is a social meeting place!

    Sorry on my high horse yet again.

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    • #3
      I love going to my local post office. we are also a rural area and the girls who run the post office are wonderful. They are friendly, joke, know everyone by name, don't tell you you are wrong, share news and gossip and offer a multitude of unofficial services like dropping the old peoples shopping off for them, reading post to an illiterate man in the village and then writing his response letters for him. I would be devastated to see them go.
      Recently paypal began to contribute to the loss of business for post offices and on a matter of principles I have decided not to use it's print postage label service. The royal mail and the post office are seperate businesses. If you print the label on the computer and pay through paypal, then the post office miss out on the trade. even if you take it into the post office to post it, the post office are not paid for processing. So if I am planning to have proof or it is big enoutgh to need the post office then I do not print the labels and take it to the post office to be processed so that I help to keep it in business. I would have a 8 mile round trip to the nearest post office if my local one close down.
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      • #4
        I was talking to my parents about it, I said 'the post office is in a quite isolated area, theres no other po for quite a way if the person has to walk, and a retirement home has recently opened very near it so my argument is that its highly populated with an aging generation who need a convenient way to draw there pension' my parents say taht most pensions are paid straight into peoples bank accounts!
        How annoying, surely there are some people who choose to go collect it.
        Plus we use it for work, goodness knows what we'l do if we cant get relevant work things in the post!
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        • #5
          They want to shut the sorting office in Coventry and move it all to Leicester... Why??? And they want to shut the main post office which is huge and always packed and checks passport and driving licence applications and put a replacement in a tiny corner of WHSmiths....

          It's all a money saving venture and Smiths will be happy to have someone rent a bit of floor space as I heard a couple of months ago they were struggling a bit.

          The whole worlds gone mad so I'll be stuck in an even longer queue now either at the Co-op or in Smiths when it closes... I think I'll be posting off Christmas pressies and cards extra early to avoid the increase in traffic in December!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Seahorse View Post
            I was talking to my parents about it, I said 'the post office is in a quite isolated area, theres no other po for quite a way if the person has to walk, and a retirement home has recently opened very near it so my argument is that its highly populated with an aging generation who need a convenient way to draw there pension' my parents say taht most pensions are paid straight into peoples bank accounts!
            How annoying, surely there are some people who choose to go collect it.
            Plus we use it for work, goodness knows what we'l do if we cant get relevant work things in the post!

            The government have been encouraging all new pension recipients to have money paid into a bamk account. The same goes for child benefit, and other benefits, very few people have books like our parents used to. Gradually the things we used the post office for have gone computer and electronic based. Tv licence is cheeper by direct debit, so are gas, telephone, water and electric bills, you can buy your vehical tax disk over the phone or via the computer and so gradually we are using post offices and banks less.
            It's a little like the church figures recently published. we might not use it regually but we are all up in arms when they try to close them down. So the motto should be use it or loose it!
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            • #7
              It's the governments fault because they set up the legislation that benefits must be paid into a bank account (which includes pension as well as soap dodgers!!!)

              I know there is a surge with the silver surfers but come on how many of the elderly round about you are on the web like us!!! So if they want to post a letter (which you have to admit the elderly generation are far more apt to writing letters than we are - cause we have this tinernet thingy!!) where are they going to get stamps.

              I agree I will not run postage off of paypal a) I don't understand it and b) would rather the post office did it as I know that what I want done will get done properly because you tell the clerk face to face.

              Ow and I am off on one again.

              KEEP THE POST OFFICE!!!!!

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              • #8
                I know a 94 year old who doesn't have a bank account and hasn't been able open one as she doesn't have the relevant paperwork to prove her ID - no driving licence or passport.... There are probably others out there in a similar situation.
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                • #9
                  I live in a very rural area too, where very often the only shop in a village is a post office. If they're going to shut down somewhere like a main PO in Coventry as busy as that is, I don't rate the chances of many of our little places
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by glowingsunsets View Post
                    I live in a very rural area too, where very often the only shop in a village is a post office.
                    Exactly, I see it as a very social place and the heart of a community.
                    Its a place of communication with people.Such a shame to get rid of them.

                    I can see pensioners in their early 60's like my parents having access to the internet but as said above, somebody of 94 wont and probably wont want to.
                    Maybe going to the post office is one of 2 trips OAP's will make in a week.Post office and food shopping.
                    I dont want to get old.
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                    • #11
                      To be honest (and please don't lynch me for this) I really really want our village post office to be shut down, but I do have my reasons.

                      For some unknown/random reason, they're not just a post office, but also the sorting office for our village, which means that when postie is unable to deliver something (recorded, or a customs charge, or its just too big) it gets taken back to the post office in the village. Not a problem, except that I work full time away from my village, and although at a pinch I can get there in my lunch hour, they close over lunch (1-2), and don't particularly rush themselves to open at 2pm It can be quite frustrating dealing with them, and I've had a number of run ins with them when I've had to make 3 separate visits to collect a recorded item.

                      I try to get everything delivered to me at work, but when this doesn't happen its a right old pain in the
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                      • #12
                        I visit our local post office everyday, posting my orders. I agree I don't print the postage off from paypal as I want to give the business to the local post office and I totally agree totally with beadsbydesign 'use it or lose it' so I make sure I do.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mjbelkin View Post
                          To be honest (and please don't lynch me for this) I really really want our village post office to be shut down, but I do have my reasons.

                          For some unknown/random reason, they're not just a post office, but also the sorting office for our village, which means that when postie is unable to deliver something (recorded, or a customs charge, or its just too big) it gets taken back to the post office in the village. Not a problem, except that I work full time away from my village, and although at a pinch I can get there in my lunch hour, they close over lunch (1-2), and don't particularly rush themselves to open at 2pm It can be quite frustrating dealing with them, and I've had a number of run ins with them when I've had to make 3 separate visits to collect a recorded item.

                          I try to get everything delivered to me at work, but when this doesn't happen its a right old pain in the

                          I think i have the best postie in the world.
                          he will leave my parcels in directed places. He will deliver packets etc with insufficient postage and allow me to pay when I go into the PO.
                          he will hastle all my neighbours to sign for my mail if a sig. is required and he will stop the car if he see's me out and about and will fish through his boot for my post.

                          No I am not sharing him.... he's all mine!
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                          • #14
                            Ahh, he sounds lovely!!

                            As I said previously I see the po as a communal place, whenever I picture the olden days I think of cream teas and flowers, tea on the cricket green and Postie Miggens on his bike delivering letters and parcels.

                            What about Christmas, nobody is going to send Christmas emails!!

                            The one thing my local po has going for it is that it does car tax which apparently another one further away doesnt do.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Seahorse View Post
                              The one thing my local po has going for it is that it does car tax which apparently another one further away doesnt do.
                              I tend to buy mine online as my mot and insurance documents are always in the proverbial 'safe place'
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