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PROGRESS REPORT:

Bromesberrow Post OfficeAll the survey Questionnaires has been distributed.  On Sunday 14th July these will be collecting from various places such as Pauntley Church, Redmarley St Bart”s church, Dymock the Beauchamp Arms and other strategic places.

Once we have them, we will do an analysis and build the findings into a portfolio for making a business case, which might influence a potential buyer.  There have been expressions of interest, but when one couple went to the Bank for a loan, they were rejected, which it seems rather flies in the face of Government Policy of helping small businesses.  You are therefore urged to complete your questionnaire!  Thank you.

The situation is this:  Worst-case scenario, John and Carol will leave at the end of September regardless of a buyer.  Once they go, the shop will be converted into a house for sale.  The post office services will all but disappear.  Since the post office are obliged to offer some kind of service because of the distance rules, the likely outcome will be a post office employee with a laptop will attend the village for only 2 hours PER WEEK and work from a yet to be identified premises, but probably Bromesberrow Village Hall. These are the hard facts as relayed to us by Christopher Cowcher Advisor from the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council.   However, the surveys might prove what a splendid business and service the post office and shop offer, as well as being the hub of the local community.

The information we can provide through the survey/questionnaires will certainly assist in the process of accessing funds for a potential purchaser.  We have had 1300 questionnaires produced (thanks to Parish clerk Di Baldwin) going out to more that 10 villages, in addition to passing trade and commuters, cycling clubs, walking groups and other users, so we know the footfall is a reality which will persuade a buyer to invest in this wonderful area.

Our sincere and grateful thanks are recorded to all those who took the time to tramp the streets delivering the survey questionnaires, to John and Carol for encouraging those using the shop, to complete the forms, and to Di Baldwin for the printing.

Bromsberrow Heath Shop and Post Office Action Group

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