A COMMUNITY is still waiting for its postbox to be replaced five years after it was stolen.
Villagers in Coed Talon, between Pontybodkin and Treuddyn, have been without their postbox on Corwen Road since it was stolen back in 2009.
Treuddyn councillor Carolyn Thomas said despite being told several times by Royal Mail representatives that a new postbox would be delivered, residents were still without a postbox.
Cllr Thomas said: “It’s frustrating. Villagers do struggle because they could walk to the previous one.
“A five-year wait is ridiculous and it has taken so much effort to try to get a replacement.
“Since the last time we were told we would get a postbox soon, the contact phone number I had rings out and the emails bounce back. Now I have no contact and still no postbox almost five years later.”
The village’s struggle to replace its stolen postbox started almost immediately after it was taken, and Royal Mail staff have been to the site on several occasions to approve plans for a new postbox.
Along with the Clerk of Treuddyn Community Council, also named Carolyn Thomas, their battle has largely been in vain.
Ms Thomas said: “Following lots of emails, phone calls and false promises, we eventually met with Royal Mail staff who inspected the area and chose a site close to where the original one was positioned.
“We thought all was OK but when the box didn't arrive we chased up again and discovered that the Royal Mail staff had scanned the area and discovered there were utilities present so couldn’t put one in the chosen area.”
After lobbying the Royal Mail further, another site visit took place and a new site was agreed upon, and permission for a new postbox was granted – but it never arrived.
Cllr Thomas added: “We discovered that a person arrived to install it and then decided it was too dangerous as it was too close to a bend and the traffic was too fast and not adhering to the new 40mph speed limit that had recently been introduced for the Corwen Road.
“We arranged for another site visit with residents, a member of the Royal Mail and the same person who was to install the box and he agreed another location, across the road this time.
“When there was a further delay, I was told they were just checking with utilities but all should be fine this time and it would be in place shortly. Again, it didn’t appear.”
Royal Mail spokesman Val Bodden said: “We planned to re-install it [the postbox] at the same location, pending checks... but it was deemed unsafe, due to residents parking outside in the layby access, leaving our Royal Mail driver with no safe place to park and empty it.
“An alternative location was also considered unsafe due to unsafe parking on a busy road.
“We’re now considering a further site and we apologise to customers for the inconvenience.”
l The Leader reported this week on a postbox stolen from Cadole in September last year which has still not been replaced.
Gwernymynydd councillor Nancy Matthews thought the Victorian box might have been stolen to sell for up to £5,000 to American collectors.