In a joint response to Post Office Ltd's consultation, Devon authorities have highlighted 10 post offices currently on the proposed closure or outreach lists that they believe should be retained within the Post Office network. The Devon Post Office Task

In a joint response to Post Office Ltd's consultation, Devon authorities have highlighted 10 post offices currently on the proposed closure or outreach lists that they believe should be retained within the Post Office network.The Devon Post Office Task Group, including North Devon and other District and Borough Councils, Devon County and Torbay Council, Devon Rural Network, the Community Council of Devon and Devon Renaissance, has clearly set out arguments to keep 10 of the affected post offices open. They have also asked that Post Office Ltd re-think some of their outreach proposals.Devon branches proposed for closure that the authorities argue should remain open include: Chelston, Torquay ; Millwey Rise, Axminster; Offwell; Tipton St John; Torre, Torquay; Townstal, Dartmouth. Devon branches proposed for outreach services that the authorities argue should remain open include: Bishops Nympton, Bridestowe , Buckland Brewer and Shebbear. North Devon Council has submitted further information and comments concerning other post offices in the district, to clarify aspects of the proposals they believe Post Office Ltd have either missed or got wrong.The Council is particularly lobbying for improved outreach services for a number of villages and greater consideration to public transport timetables.Cllr Des Brailey, North Devon Council Lead Member for Community and Spatial Planning says: "Whilst we cannot hope to protect all of the post offices in our area, we have worked with the rest of Devon to mitigate the loss of service to the areas affected and will continue to try and help those communities that have been affected."Steve Pitcher, Chairman of the Devon Post Office Task Group and North Devon Council Executive Director (Regeneration and Development) says: "Our group of local authority representatives and partners have been working together very closely on our joint response to the Devon Post Office Network Review Team's proposals. "The response represents a clear consensus of us all and I hope that Post Office Ltd pays serious attention to it. This is an issue of fundamental importance to the communities of Devon and we believe they deserve a fair hearing of our case.