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‘No reply’ sparks Plymouth probe

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Plymouth City Council has launched a probe into why letters from the Post Office about its branch closure programme went unanswered for four months.

Ruling Conservatives and the Labour opposition supported a call for chief executive Barry Keel to examine why an initial letter from the Post Office in July 2007 was not answered.

He will also investigate a letter sent by the Post Office in January, which offered south-west councils a confidential meeting on the closure programme, but received no reply until June.

Opposition leader Tudor Evans (Lab) said a scrutiny group had twice been told that no correspondence had been received.

A Royal Mail spokesman confirmed the lengthy gaps in the council’s responses to its external relations manager Arthur Magee.

Cllr Evans said: “Either Mr Magee did not send the letters he says he did, someone has cocked up, or someone has misled the scrutiny group.”

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