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Anger over closure of Post Office branches

ELEVEN of Flintshire’s post offices will be axed it was confirmed on Tuesday.

Following a seven-week public consultation, which ended on September 15, the Post Office has confirmed all 11 branches proposed for closure will shut.

Branches in Brynford, Carmel, Cymau, Golftyn, Gronant, Gwernymynydd, Holway, Lixwm, New Brighton, Pontybodkin and Rhosesmor will be closed permanently by the end of January.

During the consultation Post Office Ltd received 1,450 responses and attended 47 meetings.

Steve Geraty, Post Office Ltd’s network development manager for Wales, said: “These are difficult decisions which have not been taken lightly.”

Susan Jude, who has been postmistress at the Gronant branch for 17 years, said: “This is bad news for the village as a whole, particularly the elderly and those with young children and no transport.”

Delyn Labour MP David Hanson said: “I’m disappointed that after consultation the Royal Mail still feels all the post offices proposed for closure are no longer viable. I realise this will be a disappointment to those that use the local service their post office provides.”

The Post Office had considered a trial outreach service in Golftyn, but announced on Tuesday it might not be possible.

Golftyn Cllr Peter Macfarlane said: “This is a huge disappointment. We presented a good case during the consultation and now it feels like no-one was listening.”

Alyn and Deeside Labour MP Mark Tami said: “In Golftyn there had been a promise to set up an alternative service in another shop, but that has been cancelled. I am livid about the situation.”

The announcements come after Flintshire county councillors requested a one- month extension of the consultation period, which was refused.

Councillors voted to ask for the extension after Brynford councillor Matt Wright raised the motion, claiming communities had been “short-changed” by the seven-week period, which fell during the council’s summer recess.

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