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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Politicians demand answers over Glyn Ceiriog Post Office

CLWYD South AM Ken Skates and MP Susan Elan Jones have called for answers over the future of a rural post office which villagers fear could be closed. 

Residents in Glyn Ceiriog have raised concerns that their local branch is at risk as part of the Post Office’s biggest-ever reshuffle.

Several constituents have contacted the Labour politicians, who have vowed to seek immediate clarification over the future of the ‘vital’ facility.

Mr Skates said: “The Post Office branch at Glyn Ceiriog has received a lot of financial support from the Welsh Labour Government in recent years and is an important and integral part of the close-knit community – I can see no reason whatsoever why it should be at risk of closure.

“The branch serves a large rural community of about 1,500 households in the Ceiriog Valley and there is nowhere else for many miles around which offers the full range of Post Office services. Closing the business would be a huge blow to the community and the people who rely on the post office, many of whom are elderly and go there to pay their bills.

“Glyn Ceiriog Post Office also runs a community IT Hub with minimal charges, which is in use daily, and a local cafe and tourist information centre which is open six days a week.

“I will seek immediate answers and clarification from the Post Office. Family-run businesses at the heart of their community are sadly becoming rarer and rarer in this day and age, but they play a valued role and we need to do all we can to preserve them.”

Susan Elan Jones MP added: “Glyn Ceiriog Post Office is vital local facility which must be kept open. I am working very closely with local residents on putting forward a strong case to try and make Post Office Limited see sense.”

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