Villagers battle to re-open post office

A VILLAGE fight to reopen its Post Office has won the support of Central Devon MP Mel Stride. He is backing a store owner’s plan to re-open the Post Office in his shop at Chawleigh, near Chulmleigh.

The Post Office used to run alongside the village convenience shop but that part of the store closed four months ago.

Mr Stride originally opened the Post Office and store last year and is now backing current owner Steve Berry’s ambitious plan to provide some level of post office service to the local community.

The MP said: “I was very happy to open the original store and Post Office last year in Chawleigh and am again pleased to be able to help get the Post Office service reopened after its closure.

“A local Post Office is absolutely vital to places like Chawleigh and I will do all I can to get the service reinstated.”

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Mr Berry is in discussions with the Post Office to reopen it for the community to ensure there is a viable business which villagers can support.

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Local Mid Devon District cCouncilor Clive Eginton is also supporting the move, and added: “I was very pleased Mel was able to come up to shop and meet Mr Berry to lend his support. A reinstated Post Office would be a fine asset for the village.”

Mr Berry said: “I am delighted to be able to run the shop, but the Post Office situation needs sorting out for a successful outcome for the village.”

The shop already opens from 7am to 5pm and sells newspapers, various foods and basic products.

While in the village, Mr Stride also held a surgery to hear local people’s issues and to offer assistance.

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