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Joy as post box all set to return after removal

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

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PUBLIC and political pressure will see a new postbox put in place just yards from where one was removed due to health and safety reasons.

The Royal Mail has decided to reinstall a postbox in Newton Road, Winshill, after discussions with councillors and residents outlined the need for one in the area.

It comes only weeks after the Mail revealed the original traditional red box was taken away by postal chiefs after the pavement was deemed too narrow for it to be sited where it was.

David Leese, who represents the Winshill ward on East Staffordshire Borough Council, has been working with the Royal Mail and fellow councillors to establish a new spot for a postbox near the original site.

He said: “I am delighted that the Royal Mail will now look to replace the box, that was used regularly by residents.

“Through partnership working with councils and the Royal Mail a decision has been made to replace the box, and that decision is important to residents who haven’t got access to a vehicle and cannot walk long distances.”

Conor Wileman, who represents the area on Staffordshire County Council, was also part of the discussions to bring about the replacement.

He said: “I am pleased to see that Councillor Leese’s hard work has paid off.

“We must not forget that many people cannot walk long distances, so it was crucial that this intervention was successful.”

A replacement should be in place in 12 weeks.

The rules state that a pavement must be at least 1.5 metres in width in order to support a postbox, and Newton Road fell short of that.

The box was removed in November when it was hit by a car and damaged.

Winshill has suffered a double postbox loss in recent months, following the removal of another in Bretby Lane.

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