from John Beswick, independent sub-postmaster

Sir; Referring to Rod Addy’s article ‘C-stores attack PO terms’ (The Grocer, December 4, p4), I would like to point out that in rural communities a post office is most often sited in the only shop serving that community.
If the Post Office does not allow a sub-postmaster to offer a particular service, it is effectively denying that community access to that service, no matter how necessary it may be. I am a rural subpostmaster, and the operation of these restrictions has a particularly negative effect on the community I serve.
I am not allowed to offer electricity key charging for the dominant local supplier.
Those in my community who have a card meter face a round trip of 18 miles to Boston to top up their electricity supply.
This is a burden that people could well do without.