Royal Mail delivers in post box paint victory

Sidmouth In Bloom group are angry at the state of the Sidford post box. Ref shs 5786-38-14SH. Pictur

Sidmouth In Bloom group are angry at the state of the Sidford post box. Ref shs 5786-38-14SH. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

The post box in Sidford will receive a makeover.

Sidford’s ‘tatty’ post box will soon be getting some much-needed attention, thanks to campaigning residents.

The Royal Mail box outside Sidford Post Office will next week undergo its first re-paint in several years, following repeated requests from some villagers, who have welcomed the news.

John McGregor, a Sidford resident, said: “I am sure local folk will be pleased to see a bright, shining red pillar box again.”

Last week, Colin Kingman, also from Sidford, voiced his disgust at the state of the post box.


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“It has been tatty for several years,” he said.

“I think the whole village takes second place to Sidmouth, although we pay the same council tax.”

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The recently privatised Royal Mail has responded to the pleas and confirms it will be sending a private contractor, Romec, to paint the post box on School Street in Sidford on the week commencing September 29.

Royal Mail spokesperson Val Bodden said: “Royal Mail’s post boxes are a great British icon.

“There are more than 115,000 postboxes across the country.

“We are very proud of them and we put a great deal of effort into maintaining and painting them.” She added: “We repaint and refurbish them on a regular basis and we also respond directly to reports by our staff and customers about individual boxes that require urgent attention.”

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