Select Committee on Welsh Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


APPENDICES TO THE MINUTES OF EVIDENCE


APPENDIX 1

Letter from Nicholas Bourne AM

  Following your recent press notice in relation to the Committee's examination of post office closures in Wales on 20 March 2001, I would like to express my views on this issue.

  I represent the large rural constituency of Mid and West Wales in which sub-post offices provide a crucial service to the community. However, over the last 12 months, I have been inundated with letters on a weekly basis from the Post Office informing me of sub-post office closures in my constituency.

  Since the beginning of the New Year alone I have been informed of imminent post office closures at:

    —  Felin Fach, Brecon;

    —  Aberarth, near Aberaeron;

    —  Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth;

    —  St Harmon, Rhayader; and

    —  Llanybri, Carmarthen.

  This is by no means a recent phenomenon as I also received a similar amount of closure notifications for every month of 2000.

  It is vital that the Post Office understands that sub-post offices not only provide a postal service, but moreover they often double-up as village shops and they are the centre of many small rural villages and act as a meeting place, especially for elderly residents.

  I have received numerous representations from constituents who are concerned about this issue and justifiably, they perceive the closure of sub-post offices as being a further nail in the coffin of rural areas.

  I urge you to do all you can to influence the Post Office to halt this tide of sub-post office closures and I would welcome details on the outcome of your meeting with them.

27 February 2001


 
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