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    News from Royal Mail Group
    14 October 2008
    Post Office® Devon Area Plan - Decision Announced

Post Office Ltd today announced its decision on the future of Moreleigh Post Office which was proposed for closure along with Abbotskerswell branch under its Devon area plan

Post Office Ltd today announced its decision on the future of Moreleigh Post Office which was proposed for closure along with Abbotskerswell branch under its Devon area plan.

The proposals to close the branches at Abbotskerswell and Moreleigh were made following Post Office Ltd’s decision not to proceed with the closure of branches at Chelston and Torre.

After reviewing feedback received on the proposals, during a period of public consultation which ended on 22 September, Post Office Ltd has decided that Moreleigh Post Office will close. The proposal to close the Abbotskerswell branch is currently subject to a further review which is expected to conclude shortly. Post Office Ltd will then announce its final decision.

Post Office® services in the area will be provided through a network of branches, which supports the national accessibility criteria introduced by the Government and ensures that more than 99% of the area’s population will either see no change to their existing branch or will remain within one mile (by road distance) of an alternative branch.

Tim Nickolls, Post Office Ltd’s Network Development Manager for Devon said: "We appreciate that any decision to close any Post Office® branch will be unpopular. Nevertheless, Post Office Ltd has to make decisions to close branches in order to put the Network on a more stable footing for the future and achieve this in a way which best meets the demands and concerns of its customers."

The decision has been reached after consultation and Postwatch, the consumer body representing Post Office® customers, has verified the correct consultation procedures were followed.

Full details of the decision and the issues raised during local public consultation are available by visiting www.postoffice.co.uk/networkchange or by writing to Post Office Ltd at Freepost Consultation Team (no stamp needed) or by emailing consultation@postoffice.co.uk.

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Birmingham Mail Centre
St Stephens Street
BIRMINGHAM
B6 4AA

Note to editors

Post Office® branches in the following parliamentary constituencies were included in the Devon plan:

East Devon, Exeter, North Devon, Teignbridge, Torridge and West Devon
Plymouth, Devonport, Plymouth, Sutton, South West Devon, Tiverton and Honiton,
Torbay, Totnes.

The Government criteria:

Nationally:

•99% of the UK population to be within 3 miles and 90% of the population to be within 1 mile of their nearest Post Office® branch.

•99% of the total population in deprived urban areas across the UK to be within 1 mile of their nearest Post Office® branch.

•95% of the total urban population across the UK to be within 1 mile of their nearest Post Office® branch.

•95% of the total rural population across the UK to be within 3 miles of their nearest Post Office® branch.

In addition, for each individual postcode district:

•95% of the population of the postcode district to be within 6 miles of their nearest Post Office® branch.

The following branch is currently subject to a further review and an announcement is expected shortly.

Abbotskerswell Branch, The Shower Centre, Abbotskerswell, Newton Abbot, TQ12 5NT

The following branch will close

Moreleigh Branch, The Pheasantry, Moreleigh, Totnes, TQ9 7JH

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