No to Post Office move

We are continuing to receive your letters on the attempt to relocate the Post Office in Letchworth. Please keep all your letters of protest coming in and shortly we will present all your views to the Post Office authorities to make sure they understand th

We are continuing to receive your letters on the attempt to relocate the Post Office in Letchworth. Please keep all your letters of protest coming in and shortly we will present all your views to the Post Office authorities to make sure they understand the strength of feeling on this issue. Letters can be emailed to editorial@thecomet.net or posted to The Comet, Bank House, Primett Road, Stevenage SG1 3EE.

SIR - According to the Post Office spokesman franchising brings benefits to customers. I would say Post Office benefits at customer inconvenience are nearer the truth. I am sure many customers would be prepared to sacrifice these benefits if the Post Office stayed where it is

ROY HOGGETT

Letchworth Garden City


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SIR - You must be wondering why someone living in the East Midlands is upset to hear the Post Office may be closing. I was born in Letchworth and moved away in 1988. I do visit frequently as I have family living in Letchworth and Melbourn.

To me it is in the centre of Letchworth and a local monument to Letchworth past.

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I will watch with interest the outcome of this. Too many buildings are disappearing in Letchworth. As an Old Nortonian who attended there 1951-56 it was upsetting to see history repeating itself again making way for housing like Willian School a few years before.

HAZEL LIDDLE

Linden Avenue

Tuxford

Newark

SIR - Whenever I use the Letchworth Post Office (I work in Letchworth) the queue is often at least 20 deep and I usually wait for a minimum of 15 minutes to be served.

Given this, how on earth is moving the Post Office from its spacious and conveniently located site in Broadway to a cramped and poorly located convenience store at the bottom of Station Road supposed to be an improvement?

As far as I can see, the only thing that this ill conceived plan will improve is Royal Mail's balance sheet by allowing it to make a small fortune from the sale of this prime town centre site. I am reliably informed that a number of developers have shown a keen interest in buying the Post Office site. In short, this amounts to nothing more than the asset stripping of public property for private profit.

N G LEWIS

Common Road

Stotfold

SIR - I am most concerned to read of the closure of Letchworth Post Office and even more alarmed at the suggestion to move the service to the small general shop at the bottom of Station Road. This particular shop is far too small to house its present commodities as well as the many people using the Post Office services.

There is usually a huge queue in the present Post Office and it is not unusual to queue up to thirty minutes - where is there room for people to queue in that small shop? What a ludicrous idea!

Perhaps a better location for the Post Office would be in the ever empty units in 50 Leys Avenue (The Rendezvous), there are at present five empty units, two fairly large and three smaller, these would be ideal for a Post Office, not only is there plenty of room for people to queue in the dry, but it would also bring some life into this area of Leys Avenue.

I trust common sense will reign and that this idea will be given serious thought.

ANNE McMEEKIN

Leys Avenue

Letchworth Garden City

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