Mark Williams, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion, has raised serious concern for the future of Post Office services in the county after recent announcements over changes to the Aberystwyth and Tregaron Post Office branches.
The Post Office have announced that they are looking into ‘franchising’ the Aberystwyth branch. This could mean the possible closure and relocation of the branch, risking jobs and services. It has also been proposed that the Tregaron Post Office will be closed and services moved into the local Spar.
Mark said: “It is worrying to hear that the Aberystwyth and Tregaron Post Offices have been marked for possible closure. I am extremely concerned that Post Office services could be lost, with the closure of branches having a huge impact on local communities, where their branch is often an important community hub.
"Shunting Aberystwyth Post Office away from its current central location would raise serious questions about the Post Office’s commitment to the High Street, and there are real worries that such a move could have a detrimental impact on High Street footfall and specifically accessibility for elderly and disabled residents.
"Aberystwyth Post Office has been an important part of the town centre for over 100 years and is relied on by many local businesses and people. To lose such an essential service from such an important location would be a tragedy.”
Commenting on the announcement, local Councillor for Aberystwyth Central Ward, Ceredig Davies, said: “Aberystwyth Post Office with its team of dedicated staff provides the town with a much valued service. Transferring the provision to a retail outlet when that provision will be secondary to their main business risks Aberystwyth residents being given a second class service.”
Mark has called an urgent meeting with Post Office management and will be meeting with them next Wednesday, 27th January, to urge them to listen to local concerns and rethink the closures. He is also calling for the Post Office to agree to a public meeting so that management can hear first-hand the strength of feeling of residents on this issue.