JUST one Chester post office has been saved from the axe.
Customers of Brook Street post office were delighted to discover the office will stay open following a consultation over proposals to shut the doors.
But others, including the bustling Watergate Street branch, which opened in 1965, will soon be consigned to history.
Brook Street sub post master Alastair Smith said: “It’s a big thank you to all the customers who wrote in after we asked them to send in their views. It would have been illogical to close us. They decided they couldn’t take our business and spread it out among the surrounding offices. It’s too big to close.”
His wife Sarah hit the headlines previously when she gave former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott a hard time after he popped in to buy newspapers and made the mistake of asking how business was going.
Brook Street was one of only three post offices to be saved in the sub-region.
The official reason for retaining the service was that customers were concerned the proposed alternative branches “would not be able to cope with the increase in business”.
The statement added: “They also highlighted the lack of on-street parking in the city and the current regeneration of the Brook Street area.”
Customer Barbara Orchard, 66, of Newtown, was among customers who supported the campaign to retain the post office and passed on her heart-felt congratulations to the Smiths on hearing the good news.
She said: “I’m absolutely delighted because we would miss them.”
Richard Probert, sub-post master of Watergate Street post office, campaigned hard to keep his profitable branch open but will be on the dole when it closes at the beginning of March.
He said: “The Post Office are hoping to save the business by closing down its most successful outlets. It’s like trying to turn a race horse into a Derby winner by cutting its legs off.”
Sandra Rogers, clerk at Brook Lane post office in Newton, was upset about the way she found out the business, within McColl’s, would close.
“I only learned about it when I received the poster we have to put up for customers. My manager didn’t even know until I read it out to her.”
Sandra, who will lose her job, added: “How can they say on the TV that it is the “People’s Post Office”, we are people and we deserve to be treated better than this.”
Handbridge post office is also closing but sub postmaster Ian Jones and wife Margaret have been instructed not to talk about the issue.