Whilst sympathising with your correspondent, it is absolutely wrong to apportion blame for the lack of a post office in Newbiggin by the Sea.
The truth is straightforward. There is now little incentive for businesses to operate a post office service because the owners no longer get paid a wage by the Post Office.
In Newbiggin by the Sea the town council and many other organisations made appropriate representation over a prolonged period in an attempt to get the service reinstated.
Apart from the town council’s attempts, several other organisations went to considerable lengths to find a home for a post office, including Allison Anderson, the Salvation Army officer, who wrote an impassioned plea and submitted a huge petition.
Eventually, the Premier shop took on the responsibility for the post office until the business was closed.
It needs to be understood that the previous town council did what it could to keep a post office, as did many others, for which we should be grateful.
The quest continues.
Coun Alan Thompson
Newbiggin by the Sea Town Council