VILLAGERS near Uttoxeter have been left without their vital post box after it was removed with no replacement put in place.
In the space of just a week, residents of Bramshall have lost their ‘historic’ phone box and now the post box from Bennetts Lane, leaving them nowhere to post their letters.
Now people living in the village have been told if they want to post a letter they will have to go as far as Loxley Hall, Lambert Road or Bramshall Road.
Colin Whittaker, who covers the Abbey ward on East Staffordshire Borough Council, told The Advertiser that the villagers were not consulted in any way about the removal of the post box.
He said: “The postman and Uttoxeter Post Office were not informed of the post box being removed.
“I have seen a letter which states it is on private ground and the owners want to build a wall to keep their children safe but it is not private as the land is part of the highways.
“It all sounds like a very dodgy scenario to me.
“They clearly should have sorted out an alternative for the villagers to use before just removing it.
“It is part of their objectives to make sure villagers have a post box within half a mile from their home. That is what I have been told.
“It all smacks of something being wrong.
“A lot of the villagers are not happy about it simply because they have not been left with no post box and others don’t release it has been moved yet as there was no notification.
“The way it has been done is so underhand as there was no consultation with the villagers.”
Royal Mail spokesman Val Bodden said the villagers will not be left without a post box for long.
She said: “The post box in Bennetts Lane, Bramshall, was taken away at the request of the landowner.
“We are working to relocate it as quickly as possible but any new site will be subject to underground utility cables and landowner searches.
“Royal Mail apologises to customers for the temporary inconvenience.
“In the meantime, we would ask customers can use any other post boxes in the area or drop off mail at a post office branch.
“We would advise anyone who has any concerns about their mail to contact our customer services team on 08457 740740.”
Councillor Whittaker said the land is thought to be owned by Staffordshire Highways not the homeowner.
Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for transport and connected county, said: “As adopted highway the area is maintained by the county council and while we are notified of any works in the highways, decisions about telecom and mail property is a matter for the telecom company and Royal Mail.
“We are in contact with interested parties as necessary, including East Staffordshire Borough Council.
“If residents have concerns they should discuss these with the relevant service providers.”
Last week Councillor Whittaker was joined by Uttoxeter rural parish council Dick Jones in speaking out on behalf of residents after the same homeowners removed the ‘iconic’ phone box.
The residents who owned the land simply removed it one day without warning, leaving their neighbours to feel they had lost an historic part of the village
However, BT said the owners had adopted the phone box so it was therefore up to them what they did with it.