Bus lifeline for post office visits
September 29, 2008
A charity has stepped in to help elderly people hit by the sudden closure of Arborfield’s post office reach another facility.
Arborfield Parish Council has made an agreement with Keep Mobile, based in Evendons Lane, Wokingham, to make two trips a week to take people to the post office in Arborfield Garrison.
Paul Harrington, chairman of the parish council, said: “It is important we make strenuous attempts to re-open a post office somewhere in Arborfield.
“However, in the meantime, we have agreed with Keep Mobile to provide a service to help people.”
The service started on Tuesday and will be in operation until at least Christmas.
Arborfield borough councillor Gary Cowan said: “The service is for the sole benefit of residents who do not have access to a vehicle and are unable to gain access to an alternative post office.
“The sudden closure of Arborfield post office was a terrible shock to our older residents, who relied so completely on this service.”
The new bus service is being funded by Wokingham Borough Council and the parish council.
The post office closed on Monday, September 8, after its new owner Mahendra Patel was refused permission by Post Office Ltd to take over as postmaster.
The Keep Mobile bus will leave Arborfield Village Stores car park at 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It will leave the garrison 30 minutes after arrival.