Eleven thousand people but no post office

Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire has a population of over 11,000 (11,619 at the last census).  Yet it has only one post office.  In fact, from 28 March to 18 April, it has no post office.  It is closed for refurbishment (although its website does not say so).

Henley PO

The sign on the door directs you to Station Road, Shiplake, about three miles away or to Marlow which is even further.  That is totally impractical for most people.

Henley PO2

I needed to post a package and get a certificate of posting.  I am lucky because I drive past Hambleden in Bucks (about five miles away) en route to work and can call at the post office there—although it’s not mentioned as an alternative on the door of the closed Henley PO. Hambleden Stores has an efficient post office which is well used.

Hambleden stores

Hambleden stores which houses a post office

But if small village like Hambleden can support a post office, why on earth cannot the much larger Henley-on-Thames have more than one, so that there is always a convenient alternative?


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I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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