For the past five years Stroud Town Council has been providing financial support to Uplands Post Office by paying for its technical services from Post Office Counters Ltd.
Now, following discussions with the town council, Post Office Counters has waived the annual charges.
For Postmaster Robin Craig it marks the end of a long battle. He will no longer need the financial support of the town council and be able to focus on his business.
“This decision has taken a lot of pressure off me. It was like the sword of Damocles hanging over me,” said Mr Craig. “The town council has been fantastic. It is only because they were resolute that this has happened.”
In 2008 Stroud became the first town or parish council in Britain to step in and save a Post Office axed under the Government’s controversial Network Change programme.
There was a 10-month battle to save Uplands. Grandmother Mary Davies, from Stroud, challenged the closure in the High Court on the grounds that the Post Office had not considered the impact of closure on disabled access.
It was Mrs Davies’ claim which helped the town council negotiate the ground-breaking funding deal with post office managers which saved the branch.
Over the five years the town council has provided grant funding for Uplands Post Office.
Deputy Mayor John Marjoram, who with former town councillor, Andy Read, led the town council fight to save Uplands, says that investment has saved the post office which now can stand on its own without financial support.
“It was the determination of our green-led council to save Uplands and in the end only two post offices out of 2500 across the country were saved. One of them was ours,” he said.
“We felt that this post office is important to the community. It is away from the town centre and residents were reliant on this service. Now it no longer needs the council’s financial support and we hope it will be a successful business.”
“When six years ago the local community was fighting to save this historic little Post Office, I was told in no uncertain terms that we were wasting our time,” said Andy Read.
“Once again, this is a great example of how, if you are determined to protect local services you really can win against all the odds.”
One woman who turned out to celebrate the news was Julie Jones. It was her 79-year-old grandmother, Mary Davies, who took legal action against the closure.
“We need this Post Office because we have nothing else around here. Nan will be pleased that we have now finally won – for good,” said Julie.