APPENDICES TO THE MINUTES OF EVIDENCE
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:
Aberarth, near Aberaeron;
St Harmon, Rhayader; and
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