A POST office was told it will stay open – before a public consultation on branch closures had even begun.
The postmistress at the post office on Mainwaring Drive, Saltney Ferry received a letter from Wales’ Post Office HQ in Cardiff informing her that the branch is safe and will not be included on a list of post offices earmarked for the chop in North Wales.
The network in North Wales is the last of five areas in Wales to undergo reorganisation. The list of branches will be published on July 29, kickstarting a seven week period of public meetings where members of the public can make representations to keep them open.
Val Bodden, Post Office Ltd spokeswoman, warned that, until the consultation ends, they cannot guarantee the survival of any post office.
She said: “No post office can say they’re safe with absolute certainty. If one of the post offices listed for closure falls off the list because some part of procedure isn’t right, then that one will be replaced with another.
“We have saved post offices as a result of public consultation. The government have said 2,500 post offices will close so if one or two are saved, others will have to be closed to meet the criteria.”
Saltney Town Mayor Klaus Armstrong-Braun welcomed the promising news.
He said: “I am very pleased to have learned that the Saltney Ferry post office is safe. The post office, although small, provides an immense service to the Saltney Ferry area and the Brook Estate opposite. The elderly would have to go two miles to a Chester post office otherwise.
“I hope Saltney people will give all the support to our PO so as to keep it open.”