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Writtle Post-box Update 

As agreed at the June Parrish meeting, the history of the Post-box relocation.  It is published below as it appears on the parish website.  I have added some formatting to ease  reading. To see the original goto  parish website. 

Full Details concerning the decision to relocate the pillar box from outside the Post Office to the entrance of the Car Park by The Green (some 40 yards). 

Some two years or so ago concerns were raised with the Parish Council regarding the dangers to pedestrians who were having to walk in the road (especially mothers with pushchairs) when cars parked with their wheels partly on the pavement outside the Post Office. 

A full survey was undertaken by 3 councillors over a period which clearly showed this was a common problem. Also cars that parked outside the Post Office but not on the pavement were causing traffic problems. 

Accordingly a site meeting was arranged between the Parish Council, the Postmistress and an Engineer from Chelmsford Borough Council, Highways Department. 
It was agreed that the preferred option to prevent parking was the erection of bollards but this was not possible as due to the positioning of the pillar box there was insufficient room for pedestrians with prams and invalid cars.
The Parish Council therefore agreed to recommend the removal of the pillar box to its present location. Delay was caused initially as Royal Mail advised the old ‘GR’ pillar box would have to be replaced with a modern version for a move to be possible. This was considered to be detrimental to the status of the Conservation Area if the old pillar box was lost but consequently after a period of time Royal Mail then decided that the original box could be moved. Accordingly the move took place. 

Whilst all this long drawn out procedure was going on, representations were made to the Police who issued a notice for display in the Post Office warning that parking outside was illegal and offenders were liable to prosecution if caught. Also arrangements were made for regular visits by Traffic Wardens from Chelmsford and whilst their short presence has deterred parkers as soon as they leave the problem reoccurs. 

Now that the pillar box is relocated the Council will gather further information and decide whether the erection of bollards is necessary as it has been seen that part of the parked car nuisance has now been eradicated. Whilst it is appreciated some parishioners on the north side of the Green have been inconvenienced by the re-sitting, conversely many parishioners have indicated an agreement with the move. Finally the problem would be totally solved if the double yellow lines (which Chelmsford Borough Council have been requested to repaint to highlight their presence) were respected by all drivers. There is a car park only a few yards away and the Police confirm that even disabled badge holders should not park outside the Post Office in view of the proximity to a junction.

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