Ghost town fear for postmaster

PUBLISHED: 17:41 21 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:21 26 October 2009

Ashvin Nayee

Ashvin Nayee

A POSTMASTER fears the possible closure of his post office could turn the parade on which his branch is housed into a ghost town. Ashvin Nayee, who runs the shop in Birchwood Avenue has joined the WHT Your Post Office Needs You campaign blaming the

A POSTMASTER fears the possible closure of his post office could turn the parade on which his branch is housed into a ghost town.

Ashvin Nayee, who runs the shop in Birchwood Avenue has joined the WHT Your Post Office Needs You campaign blaming the government for making a "catastrophic" decision to close 2,500 branches nationwide.

He claims that planned closures expected to hit this county in July will not just affect the managers but staff, customers and even nearby shop owners.

Mr Nayee said: "It's absolutely disastrous what the government are doing.

"They were the ones who took services such as benefit payments away from us and now they are going to close us down.

"Surely it's going to cost them even more if everyone one in the trade has to go on the doll.

"It's not just my job that is lost if I can not keep my store open because redundancies would have to be made."

He said that shops like a nearby hairdressers have already started losing business after the government has tightened the grip on post offices.

"The whole parade would be dead as a result of our branch closing.

"Because not so many pensioners are coming into post offices so often, the hairdressers are not getting the business.

"The post office is the centre of the community here as much as anywhere and it's crucial for everyone that we stay open.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times