Post Office Campaign Success
Post Office services are returning to Lostwithiel starting 20th April, following action by local campaigner Colin Martin. The town lost its Post Office service in December when the Londis shop closed down. Since then, customers have been forced to travel to St Blazey, Bodmin or Lerryn.
"I've been asking the Town Council for weeks to sort out a temporary venue but they didn't seem able to move things forwards" says local Liberal Democrat campaigner Colin Martin. "I wrote to Sheryll Murray MP but she didn't even reply to my letter. I called her office and they said they didn't know what she had done about it but that she would be replying soon. Eventually I got sick of waiting and decided to fix it myself. I contacted Post Office HQ and found out that nobody had offered a venue for a part-time Post Office service. Within 24 hours I found four venues and a few days later Gary Walters from Menheniot Post Office came to test his mobile kit. The first day of opening is this Thursday (20th April) which is just 16 days after my first call to Post Office HQ!"
Colin was keen to thank everyone who helped make this possible: The trustees of Lostwithiel Community Centre, Gary Walters the Postmaster from Menheniot, Lewis Horn the Network Operations Manager for Post Office Ltd and Sandra Harris, the Clerk of Lostwithiel Town Council who provided the key contact information. Thanks also to the staff at Lostwithiel Library and the Kings Arms as well as the Lostwithiel Town Forum for help in finding a venue.
The new Post Office service will be available in Lostwithiel Community Centre on Mondays from 2:30 to 5:30 and Thursdays from 10:00 to 1:00. The building is wheelchair accessible and customers can do everything that was available from the old Post Office apart from paying car tax and collecting undelivered parcels. Customers of all major banks can now do both personal and business banking through the Post Office too (except Lloyds and TSB business customers).
"I will keep working with the community to campaign for a full-time, permanent Post Office," says Colin "but this is a first step in the right direction."