POST Office axemen have their eyes on another local office - the Ash Vale station branch. They announced this week that the sub-postmaster had agreed that the branch should close permanently in July.

Drew McBride, the Head of Area, said this week that if the branch closed it would improve the long-term prospects of other branches in the area. The Post Office had made sure that the branch in Shawfields Road, Ash Vale, and the North Camp post office would be fully geared up to cope with extra customers if the closure went ahead.

No final decision will be made until public consultation has been completed. People should write to Mr McBride at National Consultation Team, PO Box 641, St Albans, AL1 5XN by May 14.