A STAFFORD councillor is hoping villagers will soon have a new place to send their letters post haste after being left with one tiny post box in the wall.
Councillor Barry Stamp says Bradley Parish Council has been campaigning for years for a fullsize post box.
The village has a miniature box in the wall outside the former post office.
There was also another small post box on a wooden pole which was removed recently leaving the remaining facility overloaded.
Councillor Stamp said: “They always get full very early in the day and you can’t get large letters in them. Negotiations have been going on about having a proper size post box.
“About three months ago the Royal Mail gave the go-ahead to site one by the village hall and everyone was quite happy with that. Now a couple of weeks ago one of the small boxes the one on a post - just disappeared.
“It seems the Royal Mail said it was dangerous and the pole was rotten and it was creating a hazard to people.
“They have also said now they are not putting a post box in because of regulations so the village has ended up with a tiny little box as opposed to two tiny boxes.
“It’s a rural area and services are getting cut and cut without any real reference to the community.” The parish council and Councillor Stamp are trying to arrange a meeting with a RM representative.
“The people who are making these decisions are sitting in an office somewhere and have no idea what’s happening on the ground,” said Councillor Stamp.
Margaret Whittaker, clerk to the parish council, said she was hoping the situation could be resolved.
“ We have been in touch with the Royal Mail and asked them to come out and see us. We have been trying for years to have one of the little ones sealed up and a big one put in its place because letters are bigger now.
“We thought the chairman (of the parish council) had it sorted in the summer. The Royal Mail agreed there would be a big one by the village hall.
“We are not sure what’s happening now.” No-one from Royal Mail was available for comment as the Newsletter went to press.