A DOXEY business owner is hoping to deliver a boost to the community with a package of applications that, if successful, could bring a post office back to the area.
Lilu Chundadadra, who owns Bradbury Rise Stores with her husband, told the Newsletter she had submitted a planning application to expand the store to the borough council as well as two further applications for a post office licence and a licence to sell National Lottery tickets.
“We have applied for the post office licence and a lottery licence,” she said. “As soon as we get them we could see plans getting underway.
“We have got a wall behind the shop that we are planning to knock through to open up the space.”
She said the expansion would increase the current shop floor space by around 75 per cent.
“We’ve got the planning permission through provisionally, but we’re having some trouble over the shutters,” she said.
“The council is saying we need to have shutters on the outside of the shop but we want them on the inside.”
Mrs Chundadadra and her husband made a previous application to create a sub-post office counter in the shop, which housed Doxey’s previous post office.
It closed in 2004 despite protests from residents who have been forced to travel to Stafford town centre to post a parcel ever since.
“Everyone wants it,” said Mrs Chundadadra. “Everyone around here keeps on encouraging us to do it.
“They are always asking ‘why don’t you get the post office licence in here?’.”
Doxey Parish Councillor Richard Whyman said he thought the expansion might have a positive impact on young people living in the area. “It will stop the kids hanging around outside the front so much,” he said.
Doxey Parish Councillor David Hughes said: “They applied for a post office licence before but when the post office people came out they said the store wasn’t big enough.”