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Post Office closure is impacting community

 Published on: 20th April 2019   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

The closure of the Post Office in the village is causing frustration and concern amongst residents due to its impact on the lives of residents and businesses. 

There were concerns about the impact of its closure with it being the only branch in the village which held Chorleywoods’ only ATM machine.

With many residents and businesses being dependant on the Post Office, calls for its services in the village have become more frequent from the community. 

Marie Page reveals how she used the branch for the last 15 years to run her ecommerce business and is now concerned about the affect driving to other stores has on the environment.

She said: “The sudden closure of the Chorleywood Post Office has been hugely frustrating. Rather than a pleasant walk down to the village to break the working day I now have to get into the car, drive to Little Chalfont or Rickmansworth, find parking, queue (often for ages) and then drive back again.

“It is time consuming and far from ideal environmentally with all those extra car journeys. I am hopeful that the Co-op will integrate a Post Office into the shop there but given they are looking for planning permission to demolish and rebuild I doubt that will happen any time soon.”

Chair of Chorleywood Residents’ Association, Owen Edis, has shared his concerns about the impact the closure is having on local business.

He said: “The worrying thing is the impact it is having on local shops. To use an ATM or post office services, they are travelling to out of Chorleywood to do so.

“This is resulting in in people going elsewhere to shop which is taking business away from our high street. We have been in contact with Post Office Ltd and there is no update which is getting frustrating.”

Owen also revealed that plans for the Co-op to introduce a Post Office counter are understandably taking a bit of time, but the store is looking at having an ATM machine in the store for Chorleywood residents. 

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