UNPOPULAR plans to relocate a cherished post office have been shelved, it has been confirmed.
Gwersyllt Post Office on Hope Street had been subject of proposals to move the service to the Spar at Park Wall Service Station on Mold Road.
But a community campaign, spearheaded by a 2,500- signature petition, has halted the mooted move.
In a letter sent to Wrexham MP Ian Lucas and staff at the Gwersyllt branch, the Post Office said they would not be going forward with the move after ‘recognising the level of concern expressed by the local community’ during the consultation process.
The letter, from Post Office regional network manager Simon Drinkwater, confirmed the service will continue to operate from Hope Street for the time being.
He said the branch is currently run by a temporary agent while the Post Office seek a permanent solution for the provision of Post Office services in the village.
Any new proposal would be followed by a six-week public consultation period.
Wrexham MP Ian Lucas hailed the decision as a “victory for the whole community”.
He said: “The Post Office themselves say that the plans were put on hold as a direct result of the level of local feeling so every person who made their views known should welcome this news.
“It’s a victory for the whole community. All those who voiced their opposition helped to achieve this.
“The Post Office say that if any new plans are put forward, they too will be subject to consultation. I hope the village will give any new plans the same level of scrutiny applied to these proposals.”
A member of staff at the branch, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “It’s absolutely wonderful that we’re staying put for the time being. We’re very pleased and as staff we’d like to go on record to say thanks to councillors, politicians and most importantly members of the public who sent emails to the Post Office and signed our petition.”
Gwersyllt North councillor Michael Williams said: “It’s great news for the community. We all objected on the grounds that the Spar was not a suitable location.
“It’s at a point on the A541 where the speed limit changes from 30 mph to 50 mph – and there’s no bus service to it.”
Cllr David Griffiths said: “This is brilliant news. It’s people power at its absolute best. We’ve been totally against the move so it’s good news.”
Cllr Bernie McCann added: “People have voiced their opinion and it has been heard.
“Yes, the Post Office has its shortcomings, such as parking, but people learn to deal with these and the branch provides a first-class service in Gwersyllt, which is a crucial facility for the community.”
Mr Drinkwater’s letter said: “The proposed new operator of the post office has decided not to progress their application to operate the branch after recognising the level of concern expressed by the local community.”