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Future of Lostwithiel Post Office

Friday 16th December 2016

Lostwithiel’s Post Office, located in Londis, will close on Thursday 22nd December, with no immediate alternative arrangement yet in place, despite various options having been considered during the past few months.

A representative of Lostwithiel Town Council said:-

Cornwall Councillor Mrs Jenkinson and Lostwithiel Town Council have been in discussion with the Post Office regarding a temporary Post Office facility in Lostwithiel whilst a long-term solution is formulated. The Council has been advised that a short-term solution is not possible unless an organisation contributes £2,000 towards installation costs and finds suitable premises for the temporary service to be based. The Town Council will be considering these requirements at the next Council meeting on Tuesday 20 December.

“The Post Office has advised the Council that there are no commercial partners interested in running a Post Office in Lostwithiel. In the light of this information meetings are taking place between Lostwithiel Town Council and the Post Office to explore future Post Office options.

The Town Council fully recognises the importance of both the library and the Post Office to the town and fully intends to examine every possibility to retain both services in Lostwithiel.

Meanwhile the Royal Mail have advised the procedure to be followed for customers to collect undelivered items in the Lostwithiel area.

If you are left a ‘Something for you’ card by the Royal Mail then from Wednesday 21 until Saturday 31 December (excluding 25, 26 & 27 December), your item will be available for collection from the Royal Mail’s mobile facility in the car park near to the Doctor’s Surgery in Pleyber Christ Way, Lostwithiel. During this time the facility will be open from 10am to 2pm.

After this time any such items will be available for collection from the St. Blazey Post Office at 12 Fore Street, St. Blazey, Par, Cornwall PL24 2NJ. Opening hours can be found via the Post Office Branch finder website at

Hazel Henry, the Royal Mail’s Delivery Sector Manager for Cornwall, advises: -

There's no need to call and collect most undelivered items. If we are unable to deliver an item to you or leave it with a neighbour, you can arrange for it to be redelivered to your address or an alternative address in the same postcode area, free of charge and on a day convenient for you, even a Saturday, although for security reasons, special delivery guaranteed items and international items which require a signature cannot be redelivered to another address