A Canada Post survey about mail delivery options has led to questions about what the Crown corporation’s plans are for service in the Vernon Bridge area.
The survey went out to area residents last month after the local postmaster got a transfer and left a vacancy in Vernon Bridge.
Edith Perry, who lives in nearby Vernon River, said her concern is that the local post office will close down as has happened in other areas when employees left.
“Their (Canada Post) bottom line is to cut costs,” she said.
The survey looks for input from area residents and provides options for rural route and community mailbox customers as well as general delivery customers to pick their preference.
For general delivery, the survey asks customers if they prefer to switch to community mailboxes, pick up their mail in Charlottetown or get a new post office in the community.
Rural route and community mailbox customers were asked to pick between picking up parcels in Stratford or at a new post office within the community.
Canada Post spokeswoman Anick Losier said the corporation hasn’t made any decisions yet and whatever happens will be based on the results of the surveys. She said once the results are in democracy will rule.
Losier said 18 people in the area had general delivery at the post office. The rest of the more than 500 addresses in the area had rural delivery, which Losier said won’t change no matter what the outcome of the survey.
If people in the community want a new post office, Losier said Canada Post will try to find a postmaster to replace the one who left.
“In some communities it’s harder, but if the community is so interested I’m sure we’ll find somebody who will want to take on this job,” she said.
Perry isn’t convinced and said she doesn’t think Canada Post wants to pay the costs associated with a post office in the Vernon River area.
Perry wonders if the company will eventually send out notices that it couldn’t find a new postmaster.
“Is there anyone in that seniority line who is willing to come out here and take that position,” she said.
Some people still rely on the mail, Perry said, but if Canada Post is just worried about its bottom line the service may be eroded so much that people don’t care if it’s eliminated.
“In the end then we have to deal individually on our own with the lack of service and probably don’t realize it at the time how much you did rely on that service,” she said.