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Trefnant villagers await Post Office decision

Published date: 15 January 2014 |
Published by: Kirstie Dolphin
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A CONSULTATION on plans to move a village post office eight metres has ended.

The Trefnant Post Office could move to the next door conveince store if the results of the consultation is in favour of the proposed plans.

A petition has also been launched against the relocation as residents fear they will lose the shop.

Gareth Cookson, who set up the campaign against the move, said: “Out of a little village of 600 houses, 500 people signed the petition and 20 plus letters were sent in personally to the Post Office.”

The consultation ended on January 3 and the Post Office says the proposed move will happen in February if plans are given the green light.

The news of the move came as a shock to subpostmistress Brenda Bland who thought she had another 18 months with the Post Office to run alongside with the shop’s lease which does not finish until November 2016.

Margaret Williams, who has run the shop for 18 years, is also worried if the Post Office moves she will not be able to keep the shop open.

Trefnant residents started their own campaign in a bid to save the Post Office from moving from it’s current location.

Chris Cane, who owns the building where the Post Office is currently located, said:
“The Post Office didn’t have the decency to let me know what was going on.

“I heard about it from a rumour to begin with, then I asked the shop where it’s proposed to move to and they told me.”

Chris bought the property in March 2013, eight months before it was announced the Post Office could move to the store next door.

Chris added: “I did not realise how soon the Post Office could go when I bought the building as the shop has a lease until November 2016.”

Margaret currently receives free business rates because of the Post Office and money towards her bills.

MP Chris Ruane has met with the campaign group against the move and sent the Post Office the petition and letters opposing the proposal.

For more information on the campaign visit www.trefnantvillage.com.

In a letter to Mr Ruane the Post Office said: “I can confirm that all responses have been submitted into the formal consulation process and will be consulted alongside all other feedback we receive before the final decision is taken place.”


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