Select Committee on Welsh Affairs 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:

    —  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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