A Plaid Cymru Member of the Senedd has been told that there is interest in resuming Post Office services at Cefn Golau.
Peredur Owen Griffiths was also told in correspondence by a Post Office consultation manager that it is not in their plans to make any replacement service ‘inferior or part-time.’
Cefn Golau abruptly lost its postal service at the beginning of the month after the postmaster quit. That news led to Peredur writing immediately to the Post Office to seek assurances that they were going to reinstate services swiftly for this isolated community.
This week, Post Office Consultation Manager Leonard P Habin wrote back to Peredur to say: ‘I would like to clarify that the type of service we would hope to establish here would be a local-style branch which runs alongside the retail shop in newly refurbished premises and creates a more modern and convenient experience for customers.
‘The local style of Post Office operates from a serving point located on the shop counter, enabling customers to access a wide range of Post Office products and services, alongside retail transactions.
‘Please be assured that it is not our intention to make this an inferior or part-time Post Office service, in fact Post Office hours would be aligned to the store so customers will benefit from Post Office services being available during all the store opening hours.’
He added: ‘I am pleased to confirm we are currently progressing an application from an interested party to run the Post Office, however, I am unable to give further details at this stage.
‘We are working hard to keep any period of closure to a minimum and will of course keep you informed when we have further news to share.’
Responding to the correspondence from the Post Office, Peredur Owen Griffiths - Plaid Cymru MS for South Wales East - said: “I welcome the news that there an ‘interested party’ keen to resume post office services in Cefn Golau. I also welcome assurances provided by the Post Office that any replacement provision will not be inferior or run on a part-time basis.
“The Post Office is vital in so many ways for communities like Cefn Golau and we must do all we can to support them and ensure that they are there for local people when needed. I hope any replacement service is quick to resume and when it gets up and running, is well-used and has bright future in the community for many years to come.”
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