Mark Williams, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion, has responded to the announcement of the decision to close the Aberystwyth Crown Post Office and relocate it into WHSmith from November.
“While I respect that the Post Office is undertaking a consultation on this issue, the people of Aberystwyth and the surrounding area have made their views and feelings abundantly clear since the initial announcement through their strong campaigns to keep our Crown Post Office open.
“We wish for our Crown Post Office to remain in the hub of our community in Aberystwyth and we are disappointed that the Post Office have failed to respond to our concerns over recent weeks and months. We are particularly worried over the suitability of a retail outlet for the protection of jobs and the longer-term sustainability of the Crown Post Office and its services.
“I was assured at the initial announcement of the possible relocation that this matter would be resolved in April. Yet it has taken until August for the Post Office to even announce their decision. The Post Office need to explain why this has taken so long.
“This has also left staff in a very uncertain position. Staff seem to have been given three options: Move to another Crown Post Office, when there are no others in the County; voluntary redundancy; or transfer to the retail outlet. These three options are unacceptable and I strongly believe that the existing Crown Post Office should remain in Great Darkgate Street at the heart of our high street with its services and staff protected.
“At the time of the initial announcement, the Post Office assured me of a public meeting which I shall chair. I will be holding the Post Office to this and a date is being arranged for later this month.”
The six week public consultation starts on Wednesday 10th August and will end on Wednesday 21st September. Views can be submitted at postofficeviews.co.uk using code 00264799; via email on firstname.lastname@example.org; by phone on 03457 22 33 44; by textphone on 03457 22 33 55; or by post to ‘FREEPOST Your Comments’.