Victory for people power as post box returns to Sheffield community

Coun Zoe Sykes.
Coun Zoe Sykes.

A community is celebrating a victory for people power after they successfully campaigned to have their post box reinstated.

Burncross Post Office was closed at the back end of last year despite widespread opposition and a petition with more than 1600 signatures claiming it was well used with around 1, 200 transactions being made there every week.

The post box was also taken away when the Bevan Way branch closed its doors for the final time.

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But a campaign was launched to bring the post box back as there was concern elderly and disabled residents would face a long walk to post a letter in the nearest box almost half a mile away in Blackburn Drive.

Bosses at the Royal Mail and Post Office have now bowed to public pressure and agreed to re-site the post box in Bevan Way by the end of July.

And there are hopes the post office could also soon return as the mail delivery organisations revealed they are looking for a replacement site in the suburb.

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West Ecclesfield councillor Zoe Sykes said she was "delighted the pressure has paid off" and added that the post box will also be sited close to the Co-op store where stamps can be bought.

A Post Office spokesperson said: “The vast majority of our branches are independently run, and we often do not own the building in which the Post Office is housed.

"This was the case with Burncross Post Office, when unfortunately the building in which the Post Office was based was withdrawn from Post Office use and demolished.

“We have been working hard to find another location locally for the Post Office, but are still looking for someone to take over the running of these services.

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"We’re really sorry for any inconvenience caused to our customers, as we know how important Post Office services are to a local community, and we would encourage any local retailers interested in this business opportunity to contact us on 0845 266 8790 or email NTquestions@postoffice.co.uk.”

A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “Royal Mail was obliged to remove the postbox outside the former Post Office when the Post Office building was demolished. We will now be installing a new post box across the road in Bevan Way.”