Villagers fuming after their post box was ripped from a property in Little Steeping have been reassured it will be replaced.
The parish council was inundated with complaints when the post box on Main Road was removed from the former village store, the owners of which are currently seeking planning permission for change of use into residential.
It was the only post box in the village for two miles, after birds nested in the other one in the village and it had to be boarded up.
Coun Chris Moore suggested to fellow councillors: "It might be worth informing the paper about the Little Steeping's great Post Box robbery."
The Standard spoke to Little Steeping parish clerk, Sheila Wilson, who said residents were mostly upset because they had not received notification from Royal Mail that it was going to be removed.
"There should have been four weeks' notice but it suddenly it just wasn't there," said Sheila. "Apparently the contractors were told to take it to the Village Hall, but no-one knew anything about it so it was taken away.
"I've since been in touch with Royal Mail and they reassure me it will be replaced within 24 weeks. Matt Warman MP is also looking into it for us as he says something similar happened at Coningsby and it took four years for that one to be replaced."
In the meantime, residents either have to travel to the post box at Halton Holgate or pop along to the mobile Post Office which visits the Village Hall on Thursdays between 10.45am and 11.45am.