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Petition to save Ravenshead sorting office attracts more than 600 signatures

Without the income received for the sorting office, the future of the Post office looks under threat

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A petition to save Ravenshead‘s sorting office has received more than 600 signatures, as a local councillor leads the charge to save the community facility, which is under threat of closure.

Residents are very concerned that they may lose the Royal Mail sorting office that forms a major part of the village Post Office.

Postal delivery workers have been informed that the sorting office will close at the end of March and they and their work will be transferred to Mansfield Woodhouse.

Villagers in Ravenshead are concerned about the closure

Gedling Borough Councillor (Con) and Chairman of Ravenshead Parish Council, Martin Smith is really concerned about the impact the closure will have on the community.

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He told Gedling Eye: “Residents, particularly the elderly ones, are concerned that if letters or parcels need to be collected from the sorting office after a missed delivery, they will be faced with a long journey to collect their post.

“Questions are being asked about the mileage that that the postmen and women will need to drive to return to Ravenshead, coupled with the journeys made by residents when needing to collect. Surely not very environmentally friendly.

“The sorting office is an integral part of the business of the village Post Office. Without the income received for the sorting office, the future of the Post office itself looks precarious.”

An online petition has been organised by local Conservative members, led by Gedling Borough Councillor (Con) and Chairman of Ravenshead Parish Council, Martin Smith.

“Without the income received for the sorting office, the future of the Post office itself looks precarious.”

Cllr Martin Smith

The online petition can be accessed here

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A paper version of the petition will also be available both in the village post Office and local shops.

The MP for Sherwood, Mark Spencer is also backing calls to keep the office operational.

He said: “I call upon Royal Mail to reverse their decision and keep the office open. This is a vital resource for Ravenshead and the wider area.”

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