A RECORD number of submissions, second only to London, have been made by Devon residents in response to Post Office Ltd s proposed changes to the post office network. According to POL, Devon residents have recorded 7,500 responses to the consultation on p

A RECORD number of submissions, second only to London, have been made by Devon residents in response to Post Office Ltd's proposed changes to the post office network.According to POL, Devon residents have recorded 7,500 responses to the consultation on proposals to close 71 Devon post offices, some associated with outreach services.Devon County Council has picked out eight post offices that are currently on the closure or outreach lists that it believes should be retained - Offwell, Tipton St John, Bishopsnympton, Bridestowe, Buckland Brewer, Shebbear, Townstall in Dartmouth and Millwey in Axminster.It has pledged financial support for some of the affected post offices, specifically where the impact on the local communities is greatest.The council will appoint a dedicated project worker to work on its behalf with POL to deliver support where appropriate.County council executive member for communities, Cllr Brian Berman, said: "The number of responses received by POL from Devon goes to show the sheer weight of feeling there is in support of our post office network. We have met again with POL and they are aware of our deep concern to protect local communities and of our willingness to strengthen some outreach services."The ball is currently in POL's court. Our submission picks out services we think should be retained and identified a further 27 services where we think POL has got its assessments wrong and we have asked them to re-think their proposals. The county council is prepared to give financial assistance to strengthen some outreach services and will be reporting at a later date how that support will take shape."In the meantime we will await POL's announcement on July 22.