Fight for post office
ANGRY residents are today getting ready for a major letter writing campaign – to save their Post Office.Morrisons, which is taking over Safeway, is understood to be planning to axe the sub office at the Felixstowe store as part of a revamp of the premises – but families say it will rob them of a vital and well-used community facility.
ANGRY residents are today getting ready for a major letter writing campaign - to save their Post Office.
Morrisons, which is taking over Safeway, is understood to be planning to axe the sub office at the Felixstowe store as part of a revamp of the premises - but families say it will rob them of a vital and well-used community facility.
It will leave elderly and disabled people, as well as many mums with children, having to bus or taxi to Walton or the town centre.
The Post Office is the only one in the town's west ward, the largest part of the resort, and serves a population of 7,500 plus it is the main office for port firms.
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It was put into Safeway after pressure from the supermarket chain - and one in Wadgate Road was closed in order for it to open.
Campaigner Gwen Greenfield said she could not believe that the Post Office would close and had written to MP John Gummer, Morrisons' managing director and contacted local councillors.
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"I would urge everyone to write letters of complaint about this decision because it is really very bad news for this area," she said.
"If they receive enough letters they will see how much we want to keep this facility and how much people value it.
"I thought this supermarket was a one-stop shop where I could go to get everything I need in one trip. If I have to go into town to get my pension from the Post Office, I am not going to come back to spend it here. I will use the shops in town and I am sure others will, too."
Mary Mayes, of Stour Avenue, is planning to get a petition up and running.
"I think it is the most ridiculous decision. The Post Office is a vital element of what has become a real community area - shops, pub, church, doctors, pharmacy - and there is no way we want to lose it," she said.
"It is really well-used and a lot of people will be very upset about this, especially the elderly. They shut Wadgate Road to open it there."
Stuart Long, of Grange Road, said: "I cannot believe it. That Post Office is so important to this area. Last year we lost the Beach Station one and now this - there will soon only be main offices left."
Town councillor David Cawdron said management at Safeway in Grange Farm Avenue had confirmed the closure.
"I am very shocked and very concerned about how this will affect people, especially the elderly and disabled who rely on it and cannot be expected to travel to the town, which is too far to walk and will mean a bus or taxi," he said.
No-one was available to comment from Morrisons.
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