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We miss our post offices; yourLETTERS.

I READ the banner headline "Much-loved POs up for top award" in your issue of Mar 31st, and the subsidiary heading below stating 'customers put 13 forward for work at heart of communities', with some sadness.

My sadness concerns the loss of our local post office, specially built to Post Office Ltd standards and for which our village was grant aided for a community regeneration scheme.

Its former customers, me included, like many other former post office customers who have had their post office axed, must feel equally sad at not having their local post office to support.

The ruthless and unfeeling attitude adopted by Post Office Ltd during the axing process, without giving any acceptable or satisfactory reason for their decision still rankles with us to this day.

The Business Secretary, Lord Mandelson, in your report told peers the recent round of axing 49 North Wales post offices would not be repeated.

It is a great pity Lord Mandelson didn't step in at the outset, snatch the axe from Post Office Ltd's hands, thus preventing them wreaking havoc on the Post Office network. Presumably he was doing his European job otherwise he would.

My hope is that MPs of all political persuasions band together and let government know they support Lord Mandelson's calling a halt to further post office closures, and in the interest of communities, rural and urban, would like him and the government, where postmasters/mistresses are willing and eager to resume providing post office services, to allow them to.

The inconvenience and expense post office users have been put to is incalculable. Having to travel by bus or car makes what should be a quick and easy task into a complete waste, and if one has to walk or cycle the job takes an age.

Trefor Davies, Llanfrothen.

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