A DECISION not to put a post box outside a long-awaited new village post office has been branded as “ridiculous”.
A new post office in Brymbo is due to open next Monday at the Brymbo Enterprise Centre on Blast Road. The opening has been lauded by residents who have had to travel outside the village since the previous post office branch closed last May.
But news the Royal Mail will not be installing a pillar box outside the new facility has been met with consternation.
North Wales Conservative AM Antoinette Sandbach is urging bosses to reconsider.
“When the new post office is shut, villagers and those firms based at the enterprise centre face a lengthy walk to the nearest post box,” she said.
“Villagers have waited six months for a replacement for their post office.
“I welcome the fact it will finally re-open this month, as one of the new-style branches, but I was surprised to read their request for a new post box, which they made following representations from villagers, was declined by Royal Mail.
“The company said they already have enough post box coverage in the area.”
Since May Brymbo residents have had to travel to Southsea or Pentre Broughton for their nearest post office after the previous High Street post office closed with the retirement of the village subpostmaster.
Opening hours at the new facility will be from 9.30am to 5pm on Mondays to Fridays.
Ms Sandbach said she would write to Royal Mail to ask them to reconsider the decision, which she called “ridiculous”.
She added: “I feel the needs of smaller communities such as Brymbo should not be ignored in this way.”
A Royal Mail spokesman said: “The post box was removed at the request of the subpostmaster at the original post office in May 2013.
“Our procedure then is to check whether there are sufficient posting facilities in the vicinity, and replace the box nearby if there are not.
“In this case, we feel there are adequate facilities within the area – within 500m – which are well within the new Ofcom guidelines of within half-a-mile to the nearest post box.
“It is also worth noting access to Royal Mail’s estate of 115,500 post boxes will now be protected with a requirement 98 per cent of all households across the UK should be within half-a-mile of a post box. Ofcom makes it clear Royal Mail is already compliant with this.”