As many of you will have found out, on Tuesday the post box that was located in the wall opposite the village shop (adjacent to Fernlea), was removed by a Royal Mail contractor without any forewarning, and without a replacement box being installed first.
I have been in email correspondence with Royal Mail and understand that this was carried out as an emergency, as the wall is to be demolished, and that it will take between 4 to 6 weeks to install a replacement box in a suitable location.
I suggested that the replacement box should be installed in the village shop wall, where it had been located in the past, and that this should offer a quicker solution. I also made it clear that various businesses use the post and that we required a much quicker timescale. However, I have now been informed that they do not install wall boxes anymore and in any case they will not place one anywhere near a road junction, which rules out another suitable location near the church steps.
The Royal Mail’s surveyor will now carry out a survey of suitable sites and scan these for underground services before a suitable location is found for a new lamp box and pedestal. I have asked that this work be carried out as a matter of urgency, and that I am kept informed so that I can keep everyone updated via the website. I have also asked if a temporary solution can be found.
In the meantime, you can drop post in to the village Post Office where it is usually collected by 11.30am. The only alternative means driving to another post box out of the village.
I’ll keep everyone updated as soon as I hear anything.
Chairman, Wootton Courtenay Parish Council