Axe falls on three post offices in WGC and Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 19:00 17 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 26 October 2009

Richard Edlin with son David who manages the post office at Huttons

Richard Edlin with son David who manages the post office at Huttons

DISTRAUGHT postmasters were left reeling as they were told their post offices were to be shut. Three branches in Times Territory were told today (Tuesday) they were set to be axed as bosses sent them nothing but a generic box of information leaflets outli

DISTRAUGHT postmasters were left reeling as they were told their post offices were to be shut.

Three branches in Times Territory were told today (Tuesday) they were set to be axed as bosses sent them nothing but a generic box of information leaflets outlining the closures.

Despite the WHT Your Post Office Needs You campaign, two Hatfield stores, one in Roe Green, Bishops Rise and another in Salisbury Square in the old town, became just some of the 2,500 branches to be closed nationwide.

The other, in Marsden Road, WGC, will also be chopped despite hosting the opening of last Saturday's protest march against the cull - and being one of the most popular branches in the borough.

Richard Edlin, manager of Huttons which houses the branch described the nature of the decision as "spineless".

"It came as a big surprise and I was angry but now I'm just gutted," he said.

"We have not been informed by anyone and I have not met with any of the powers that be.

"Is this what I get for 30 years of service?"

"This post office will not be going quietly and I want everybody who has ever been here even if it was just once in their life to get behind us if they do not want us to close."

MP Grant Shapps said: "It's absolutely shocking news.

"It's a devastating blow to the whole community around these post offices.

He felt particular sympathy for the staff and users of the Marsden Road post office.

"It's ironic that we marched from Marsden Road just last week and this busy little post office is the last place that should be closed down," he added.

"We are quite literally at the stage that people should be writing to the Prime Minister."

* Also set for the chop is the branch in Church Road, Little Heath. All our other branches were given the all clear in today's announcement.

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