COMMUNITY leaders have vowed to re-open a post office that was closed three weeks ago due to the postmaster’s ill health.

Residents of Northop Hall have to travel as far as Connah’s Quay after their local post office was shut.

Northop Hall councillor Tony Sharps said no stone would be left unturned in the hunt for new premises.

He said: “We have been without a post office for three weeks and it’s causing a considerable amount of inconvenience to villagers.

“Some people are travelling to Ewloe and Northop. Some older people are having to catch the bus to Mold. It is proving very difficult and it’s a great burden.”

Cllr Sharps is looking at all the buildings in the village for their potential as a new post office.

He added: “I have been in talks with the Post Office and we are working very closely together to identify some new premises in Northop Hall. We are looking at the chapel, local pubs, clubs and the local shop. Nowhere is being overlooked.

“There will probably have to be some building improvements and special facilities located within the new building, like disabled access.”

A Post Office spokesman said: “We apologise to customers for the temporary loss of post office services to the community at Northop Hall.

“We can assure residents that Post Office Limited will continue to work to find a solution that will provide a post office presence in the village as soon as possible.

“In the meantime, customers can access post office services at neighbouring branches in High Street, Northop and at Red Hall Shopping Centre, Connah's Quay.”