A number of villages in West Cornwall without a post office will soon benefit from a mobile van.
Post Office Ltd has announced that from 15 July Gulval, Connor Downs and Leedstown will get a permanent mobile service, while Heamoor, Carbis Bay, Constantine, Praa Sands and Porthleven will be served on a temporary service as a permanent solution is sought.
However, say Post Office Ltd, to accommodate these services, there “will be some minor changes to the current opening hours at Newlyn”. Currently the mobile post office visits Newlyn from 9.30am to noon and from 1pm to 3.30pm on both Tuesdays and Thursdays, but from Tuesday, 16 July, the morning service on both these days will be withdrawn.
West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas has welcomed the announcement but says reducing the service to Newlyn is like ‘shuffling deckchairs’.
Mr Thomas said: “It’s excellent news – even if long overdue – that all these communities will get some form of service at last.
“However, taking away the morning slots from Newlyn so that the van can visit Carbis Bay is like shuffling the deckchairs.
“Unless no one uses the Newlyn van in the mornings, it is a retrograde step for people in Newlyn who rely on their post office services and I am asking Post Office Ltd to look at this again.”
The introduction of this service is subject to consultation until the end of the month; visit www.postofficeviews.co.uk/national-consultation-team/st-keverne-tr12-6nb-229555/ to have your say.
Mobile service timetable
Gulval: Outside Gulval Church, School Lane, Gulval TR18 3BB on Mondays from noon to 1pm.
Connor Downs: Women’s Institute, Turnpike Road, Connor Downs TR27 5DT on Wednesdays from 9.30am to 11am.
Leedstown: Leedstown Village Hall, Carsize Lane, Leedstown TR27 6EN on Wednesdays from 11.30am to 1pm.
Heamoor: Outside The Royal British Legion, 11 Bolitho Road, Heamoor TR18 3EH on Mondays from 9.30am to 11.30am.
Carbis Bay: Outside Carbis Bay Memorial Hall, 7 Trencrom Lane, Carbis TR26 2TA on Tuesdays from 9.30am to noon and on Thursdays from 9.30am to noon.
Constantine: Outside St Constantine Parish Church Vicarage, Chalbury Hgts, Brill, Constantine TR11 5UR on Fridays from 9.30am to 10.30am.
Praa Sands: Adjacent to Mini Market, Wheal Parade, Praa Sands TR20 9SQ on Fridays from 11.30am to 1pm.
Porthleven: In Kittos Field Car Park, Porthleven on Mondays from 2pm to 5pm, on Wednesdays from 2pm to 5pm and on Fridays from 2pm to 5pm.
Newlyn: Barrons Square, Newlyn, TR18 5HL on Tuesdays from 1pm to 5pm and on Thursdays from 1pm to 5pm.