NORTH Devon MP Nick Harvey delivered a petition to Downing Street demanding that Bishops Nympton post office be kept open. The post office and shop in the village have been at risk since the Government announced plans for the closure of many of the Post
NORTH Devon MP Nick Harvey delivered a petition to Downing Street demanding that Bishops Nympton post office be kept open. The post office and shop in the village have been at risk since the Government announced plans for the closure of many of the Post Offices rural branches. As many as seven post offices in North Devon face replacement with "outreach" programs. Mr Harvey led a delegation of villagers to No 10, including local TV personality Johnn Kingdom.Mr Harvey said: "I am determined to keep campaigning to ensure that Bishops Nympton remains on the Post Office's radar and would urge the Post Office to look at the case for Bishops Nympton again."I have been working with the community and Post Office officials to find solutions for many of the local post offices threatened with closure or 'outreach' services. However, Bishops Nympton remains a cause for very real concern. "Because the village has a large number of elderly people on low incomes there is more at stake in Bishops Nympton than in many other villages. The [ost pffice is really at the heart of the community and local people will be put out by these proposed changes"David Verney, chairman of the parish council, also expressed his concerns saying: "We are demonstrating for all the people of North Devon who stand to lose their post offices. The loss of the post office and shop would completely knock the life out of the community.". The leader of the local campaign, Ian Cowling, said: "The Post Office have not taken into account the fact that without postal services, the local shop may be lost."We have worked out that it would cost the village around £2,500 a week in petrol and bus fares if the post office is closed and people are forced to go to South Molton.