CAMPAIGNERS have spoken of their delight after it was announced a post office is to be saved.
The Post Office confirmed yesterday that following a public consultation they would no longer be moving Rhosnesni Post Office to a Co-operative supermarket on Borras Park Road.
The proposal was initially announced in June after the Co-operative said they would be closing their store on Dean Road, where Rhosnesni post office currently exists.
The Co-operative store is still expected to close but the post office will remain on Dean Road. A consultation period revealed it would be a “disadvantage to elderly and disabled people” living in the area if closed.
Staff will be consulted to seek a permanent solution to its relocation, which would maintain the post office service in the area.
In a letter to campaigners, Post Office regional network manager Adrian Wales said: “The main concerns commented that the proposed new site was located too far away, without a direct bus service from the current site, with a high proportion of social housing and the move would disadvantage the large number of elderly and disabled people residing in the area who currently use the branch.
“After careful consideration we have decided not to proceed with the proposed move of Rhosnesni Post Office to The Co-operative Food store, Borras Park Road.
“In making our decision, we have taken into account all relevant factors including the responses we received as part of the consultation process and the concerns raised by Consumer Futures, the consumer watchdog.”
The consultation period has seen action taken by groups such as Rhosnesni Resident’s Association and Caia Park Community Forum, including a protest which saw members and residents march from the current branch to the site of the proposed move.
Wrexham MP Ian Lucas said: “This news is welcome. Following a similar decision in Gwersyllt, it shows the Post Office will listen to community concerns.
“Any further changes should take into account the way the current post office is used and whether there are transport links available.”
Rhosnesni councillor Anne Evans said people power had prevailed.
“I am so pleased for all those residents who have campaigned to prevent the move”, she said. “They marched down that road and made their feelings known to the Post Office and have been very successful.”
Cllr Evans said local media including the Leader had been a “great help” in the campaign.