Annoyed

PUBLISHED: 11:40 24 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:28 06 May 2010

SIR, - The letter from Peter Willsohn has really annoyed me. As a resident from the furthest end of Harpenden, I wonder on what evidence he bases his claim that many Harpenden and Batford locals do not know of the existence of this obscure post office .

SIR, - The letter from Peter Willsohn has really annoyed me. As a resident from the furthest end of Harpenden, I wonder on what evidence he bases his claim that "many Harpenden and Batford locals do not know of the existence of this obscure post office".

This very useful facility has been serving our community for over 100 years and continues to do so. Has your correspondent been into it recently? Has he seen that it is thriving and that there are invariably several people there to do business? Has he experienced the polite, efficient and friendly service given by the postmistress?

Mr Willsohn claims that the main Harpenden post office is only "a few hundred yards further up the road". The official circular from Post Office Ltd states that this main post office is located 0.8 miles away along a hilly terrain. And "hilly" is an important aspect - remember the residents who live at the top part of Batford and who, I know, do use Station Road North post office, the journey for them to the post office would be a four-mile round trip. Also Mr Willsohn should bear in mind that the queue in the main post office often extends almost to the door. Does he want to make the wait in there even longer?

I appeal to your readers not only to sign the petition to save this post office - regardless of who has started it - but also to write a letter to the Freepost Consultation Team or e-mail consultation@postoffice.co.uk to record objections to the closure of this very useful service.

HEATHER CATTERFELD

Salisbury Road, Harpenden.

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