Rhyl's Post Office set to close


Matt Jones

RHYL's Post Office is to close dealing yet another blow to the town.

The Crown Post Office on the corner of Water Street and Wellington Road is to be replaced by a franchise with a retail partner at another site within the town.

Firms such as Spar and WH Smith already operate branches in other towns.

It comes just weeks before the closure of Marks and Spencer and Next which are relocating to Parc Prestatyn.

Rhyl West county councillor Ian Armstrong said: "This is another blow for Rhyl.

“The Post Office is one of the busiest places in Rhyl.

"It is right in the centre of town. You wouldn't get as good a service if it was franchised into a retailer.

“I would urge the Post Office to reconsider this decision.”

Cllr Armstrong said the branch was the main hub for a number of services including pension collections.

The branch employs about 10 members of staff, who are expected to be offered the chance to transfer.

Post Offices bosses say the move is part of "the biggest business transformation programme in the history of the Post Office".

Billy Hayes of the Commercial Workers Union said: “This move will have a huge impact on the high streets of small towns earmarked to lose their Crown Post Office.

"These offices provide a dedicated specialist service to communities which will not be replicated by a window or two in a bigger shop. We’ve seen problems with access to post office services in previous franchise arrangements."

A Post Office spokesperson said: “Our overall investment will maintain the size of the network and modernise branches to meet customer needs.

“The branch has the potential to be partnered with a retailer and will be subject to a six-week public consultation to gather the views of the local community.

“The Post Office successfully works with many retail partners.

“Moving branches into retailers will also mean modernising the space, making them open plan, and with longer opening hours where possible.

“If no retail partner is found we are still committed to having a Crown Post Office within the area. This is not a closure programme and there are no compulsory redundancies planned.”

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