Hi all, I work from home with my little Etsy shop and my sole contact with the outside world is the weekly trip to the supermarket, the bakery and my trips to the post office, where I always stop by and pass the time of day with the lady who works there.
Today she told me that she has been told that her office will be closing in a month’s time; not only hers, but the second nearest office to me will also be closing the month after. She’s been told that she hasn’t ‘got the right’ to speak to anyone about it, or to warn her clients that it will be happening, but she is so angry about it that she is talking to us all individually and encouraging us to do what we can to voice our opinion.
Like so many rural villages in the UK, people in isolated communities here in France rely on their local post office as a point of contact and each closure is a little death to the way of life in the country. If we lose these two bureaux, the majority of us will be forced to drive a good distance further to the main town, where the service is busy, with long queues and no bavaderie, let alone the simple problem of parking in the town centre.
What I need your help with is who I can write to about my feelings about this & how badly it will affect the community: should I write to the village mayor (it’s not my own village - ours disappeared long before I arrived) directly? What about starting a petition? How likely is that to be well-received by people? I think the woman who runs the butcher’s in the same commune is trying to get people to react too. I was even thinking of making some posters to put on the post office building, asking people to spread the word - is this feasible? I don’t want to actually annoy anyone, but I feel I have to do something.
Any ideas, please? Has anyone had any experience of something like this? Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.