Blacksnape residents in fight to save only post box

Blackburn Citizen: Campaigning Coun Julie Slater Campaigning Coun Julie Slater

RESIDENTS have launched a campaign to save their only post box after it emerged it was pencilled in for removal.

East Rural councillor Julie Slater said she learned of plans to remove the post box, in Blacksnape, last week.

But, after contacting Royal Mail, she said plans to remove the post box, near to the former Red Lion pub, in Blacksnape Road, were temporarily shelved.

Now Coun Slater has launched a petition to save the box permanently.

She said: “Residents told me it was going to be removed, and it was due to be taken last Friday.

“The pub has been listed as an asset of community value so, although Royal Mail owns the box, this community asset is related to the building and the land around it.

“Residents had not had any letters, but there was a notice on the box.”

Coun Slater said she had got the council involved in her attempts to save the box. She said: “They have postponsed it, so I have saved it so far. The council will be sending letters.We need to save our post box and I have started a petition.

“If they were to remove that post box, the residents and farmers around the area would have to go into Hoddlesden, Darwen, or Edgworth, to post their mail.”

Eileen Pickles, owner of the former Red Lion, said: “Royal Mail is not using that post box enough, so they want to move it.

“I am happy for them to move it to wherever they want.”

A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: “We are working with the council to identify a suitable site to relocate the postbox, prior to removing it from its current site.

“Both the council and Royal Mail have been in contact with local residents to advise on this progress.”

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6:26pm Fri 20 Jun 14

child44 says...

Royal Mail is a private company now. You don't think that the new shareholders give a flying rat's chuff for Blacksnape, do you?
Royal Mail is a private company now. You don't think that the new shareholders give a flying rat's chuff for Blacksnape, do you? child44
  • Score: 3

7:56pm Fri 20 Jun 14

CorkyMac says...

child44 wrote:
Royal Mail is a private company now. You don't think that the new shareholders give a flying rat's chuff for Blacksnape, do you?
About as much as Blackburn with Darwen council giving a flying rat's chuff when It comes to the people of Blackburn with Darwen.
[quote][p][bold]child44[/bold] wrote: Royal Mail is a private company now. You don't think that the new shareholders give a flying rat's chuff for Blacksnape, do you?[/p][/quote]About as much as Blackburn with Darwen council giving a flying rat's chuff when It comes to the people of Blackburn with Darwen. CorkyMac
  • Score: 2

10:01pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Darrens Delivery Service says...

The former pub is an asset of community value... your having a laugh.
has any-one on here drove past it lately. What an eyesore for the residents of blacksnape.
The former pub is an asset of community value... your having a laugh. has any-one on here drove past it lately. What an eyesore for the residents of blacksnape. Darrens Delivery Service
  • Score: 5

10:09pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Martyn Skipper says...

The Royal Mail has not "been in contact with local residents". They posted a notice on the mailbox and attempted to move the box a week later.
The Royal Mail has not "been in contact with local residents". They posted a notice on the mailbox and attempted to move the box a week later. Martyn Skipper
  • Score: 0

7:14am Sat 21 Jun 14

Elizabeth007 says...

Who uses 'Snail mail' now anyway? Shall I send this comment by post to be published next week? Think about the environment. Shame on you councillor Julie Slater, you should know better! You need to embrace e-mail and technology Blacksnape!
Who uses 'Snail mail' now anyway? Shall I send this comment by post to be published next week? Think about the environment. Shame on you councillor Julie Slater, you should know better! You need to embrace e-mail and technology Blacksnape! Elizabeth007
  • Score: 3

12:50pm Sat 21 Jun 14

golazzo says...

Ha ha ha 'snail mail'. Seriously is this even news? It's a post box!!!!

Can Julie Slater do something useful, sort out these potholes.
Ha ha ha 'snail mail'. Seriously is this even news? It's a post box!!!! Can Julie Slater do something useful, sort out these potholes. golazzo
  • Score: 7

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