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16/8/2007
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‘Spirit of village will die if the post office is closed’

LOSING a local post office would mean the end of a village.

That’s the view of Janet Iveson, owner of the post office in Bisley.

 Her stark message came after Surrey Heath MP Michael Gove said there was a possibility that 12 of the borough’s remaining 20 offices could be under threat.

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Mrs Iveson said: “We are very worried because of all this uncertainty. It would be a huge loss because the post office acts as a centre point for the village and brings the community together, if it were lost the village spirit would die.

“Lots of people use it for the obvious facilities it provides but it also gives the elderly a chance to chat. We also act as an information bureau for people who need directions or want the details on good places to visit.”

Mr Gove outlined the distinct characters of Chobham, Windlesham, West End and Bisley to former secretary of state for trade and industry Alistair Darling and explained how a post office benefits them.

Mr Gove said:  “Post offices act as a hub for village life but the response I received from the government was not positive. I have since discovered 12  offices are under threat on top of the three that have already been closed since 1999.

“I have written to the government to put a stop to the plans to close more. I  just urge people to keep on using their local post office.”

First printed in: Chobham News and Mail

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