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‘Bring back our postbox’ plea

30 November, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Postbox that was once ‘a well-loved landmark’. Photo: Jane Parker

IT’s where people have posted thousands of letters over the years. But time has run out for the postbox branded with Victorian “VR” initials, which was on the Upper Holloway Bridge until recently.

Royal Mail has said the red postbox, removed when work began on the bridge in Holloway Road two years ago, will not be coming back as it was “not a very well-used box”. It will remain in its “care”.

A spokeswoman said there were sufficient alternative postboxes in the area.

However, the box’s disappearance has now sparked calls for its return.

Councillor Diarmaid Ward, Islington Council’s housing chief, said: “Planning permission was not needed to remove this postbox. However, this Victorian postbox was a well-loved landmark and locally listed.

“We call on the Royal Mail to bring back the postbox, a valued part of the street scene.”

Jane Parker, an accredited Clerkenwell and Islington guide, questioned the postbox’s whereabouts on her blog earlier this year. On hearing the news that it is staying with Royal Mail, she said: “It’s just such a shame that it didn’t come back. It used to make me smile.

“In-wall postboxes are extremely rare because they are so small and they don’t take larger parcels.”

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