VILLAGE residents are still without a postbox after theirs was stolen in September last year.
The postbox was ripped from a wall on Village Road, Cadole, and Gwernymynydd councillor Nancy Matthews said that despite repeated requests to the Royal Mail, the postbox has still not been replaced.
She said: “The postbox was taken on September 29 and we are still waiting.
“They are full of excuses that the bad weather has meant that they’ve got loads of postboxes to repair, but this was taken before the bad weather began.
“It is difficult for everybody. They want everyone to use the Royal Mail but they have to make sure the facilities are there.
“We have been able to survive without a post office, but no postbox is too much.”
Cllr Matthews said she believes the postbox was targeted by thieves for sale on the black market.
She said: “It seems that gangs are stealing red post boxes and selling them to collectors abroad, particularly in the USA.
“Apparently boxes dating back to Queen Victoria’s reign and bearing the VR mark, similar to ours, can fetch up to a staggering £5,000 in the USA.”