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Mayor to fight to save post office in Havers convenience store

The mayor of Bishop’s Stortford has pledged to fight to keep a sub-post office open at Havers Parade.

Cllr George Cutting, who is a member of the town council and East Herts district council, intervened amid fears that the Premier Havers Lane Convenience Store, which houses the counter, would shut permanently.

The shop, formerly a Nisa, has been operating limited opening hours recently, sparking speculation about its future.

Cllr Cutting has investigated and said he understood the shop had changed hands and was now owned by a Chelmsford businessman who planned to reinvigorate it. The reduction in opening hours was owing to short-term staffing issues.

He said: “The story is not as bad as it might be.”

In late 2012, Bishop’s Stortford Civic Federation and the Havers Action Team campaigned against Tesco’s plans to convert the nearby Archers pub into a Tesco Express store, fearing the impact on parade businesses – especially the convenience store and post office counter.

Cllr Cutting, a key member of the campaign, said: “We fought hard to preserve it and if we have to open up the battle again then we will open up the battle again.”

Dorringtons has recently closed its baker's shop on the parade.

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