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Broadfield: a new tourist destination?

April 4th, 2006 · Posted by Skuds in Life/Politics · 4 Comments · Life, Politics

On Saturday we were trying to get people to sign a petition which Jayne has started to get the Post Office in Broadfield re-opened. “Trying” is not the right word there, because it did not take a lot of persuasion.

What amazed me was how many of the people we stopped in the Broadfield Barton shops were not from Broadfield. I know I am rightly proud to live in Broadfield, but I did not realise the extent to which it drew in the crowds, and was surprised that people would come to our run-down parade instead of making a similar length journey to the much larger Town Centre.

Even more surprising was how many shoppers were from out of town, having travelled from Haywards Heath or East Grinstead. I asked one chap where he was from and he said “Namibia”. I thought that was a bit extreme, but it turned out he is currently living in Haywards Heath.

Personally I was happy for these visitors to sign the petition as well. Any one from Bewbush would be happy to see the Broadfield Post Office open as it would greatly reduce the queues in the Bewbush one, and the Namibian chap had intended to renew his car tax while he was shopping and was a bit put-out to find no place to do it.

Anyway, the copies of the petition are in the Imperial, the petrol station, the community centre and several of the shops if anyone has yet to sign it, and even before Jayne has collected and collated all the sheets it is having an effect. She has heard through the grapevine that the Post Office are aware of the petition already. I like to think that they are bracing themselves.

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4 Comments so far ↓

  • E Bungle

    Just heard on another site that the Post Office will be re-opening soon, I thought I remembered you trying to get it back.

  • Skuds

    What site is that then?

    I thought the PO was going to open last month but then nothing happened.

  • E Bungle

    he’s our councillor after the last election, he has been sending out e-mail updates on Issues and one of them is on the post office.

  • Skuds

    Ah. I didn’t even know it existed – no reason why I should as he is Broadfield N while I am Broadfield S.

    Not a bad site really. I’ll turn a blind eye to the appalling grammar, bizzare capitalisations, and strident attachment to his middle initial because this sort of thing needs to be encouraged – even from Tories. Perhaps it could do with more interactivity, but that can be said of 90% of politicians’ sites.