A MOBILE post office is being parachuted in to serve the village of Merton following the resignation of the village postmaster.

The Post Office Network says the post office in Clinton Terrace will close at the end of the day on October 29.

In its place, a mobile service will visit Merton square every Thursday from 1.30–2.30pm from November 4.

A spokesperson for the Post Office Network said that the mobile service would call weekly ‘whilst we continue to look for a permanent solution’.

It will be provided as an outreach service by the postmaster for Woolsery.

Alternative branches in the area include Dolton Post Office in Church Street, Dolton, and Sheepwash Post Office in the village square in Sheepwash.

To accommodate the new mobile service for Merton, there will be some changes to the current services at Buckland Brewer and Monkleigh from Thursday, November 4.

The Monkleigh service will operate on Thursdays from 3.15–4.15pm. Meanwhile the Buckland Brewer service will no longer run on Thursdays but will continue to operate on Monday from 1.55–3.20pm, Tuesday 1.55–3.05pm; Wednesday 1.55–3.20pm; and Friday 1.55–3.20pm.

Matt Walls, Post Office Network provision lead, said: ‘We know how important a post office is to a community.

We are pleased to be able to provide a temporary mobile service to Merton whilst we continue to look for a permanent solution.’

He added that mobile post offices were ‘a tried and tested’ way of serving rural communities who did not have their own post office.

A spokesperson for Merton Parish Council said the council did not yet have any further information. Currently the post office also incorporates a small shop.