Worried residents fear their village post office and shop could close as a result of a Royal Mail decision to move their mail sorting office to Melton.
Villagers in Frisby on the Wreake are being urged to sign a petition as well as emailing Post Office Ltd calling for the decision to be reversed.
Villagers Diana and Mike Patterson have already written to everyone in Frisby to tell them what’s happening and urging them to sign the petition in the shop. Within just a couple of days it had about 150 signatures and counting.
Mrs Patterson said: “These changes could have a significant impact upon the sustainability of our village shop. The Post Office is a key village hub where many of us meet and talk when using its services.
“The income from the sorting office makes our shop viable as a business serving our community. Without this income the post office function could close. It’s also possible, if the new economics aren’t workable, we could lose our shop as well.”
Villagers in Frisby and surrounding villages which use the post office fear the changes, due in January, will also mean if a parcel isn’t delivered to their home they will have to travel to Melton to pick it up.
Mrs Patterson added: “This would have obvious implications for those who don’t drive or have access to a car and need to rely upon our limited public transport and those with mobility problems. Villagers who work in the day will also be inconvenienced.”
The parish council is also very concerned and is writing to Post Office bosses and MP The Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan.
A Royal Mail spokesman said: “The small Frisby office is not fit for purpose as we now deal with many more parcels needing more space. The three staff based at the Frisby office will relocate to Melton and will continue to provide the same excellent service to residents from this office.
“Whenever a sorting office move goes ahead we’d always offer our customers alternative means of receiving undelivered items of mail.
“No-one needs to travel to Melton if they don’t want to. We provide free re-delivery to the addressee or another local address in the same postcode specified by the customer, six days a week. Royal Mail also uses delivery to a neighbour.”