Holywell Post Office 'needs to stay in town centre'


Robert Doman

FEARS have been expressed for the future of Holywell High Street if a post office is moved elsewhere.

Councillor Rosetta Dolphin spoke following a town council meeting where Post Office representatives confirmed the company was pushing ahead with plans to sell its branch on High Street.

She fears any investor wanting to reposition the branch could cause other traders to suffer.

“The post office needs to stay in the town centre,” Cllr Dolphin said.

“It is the only thing that pulls people into the town at the moment.

“Any move could result in the further decline of the high street.

“The chance that it could go somewhere else is very worrying.”

The Post Office is seeking a new owner for the branch, which is one of 70 the company is planning to either close or franchise nationwide in a bid to cut costs.

Communication Workers Union members at the Holywell crown post office are set to take part in a half-day strike today after a vote in favour of a further round of strikes following an initial walk-out on March 30.

“The Holywell branch will not close but new owners are being sought,” added Cllr Dolphin.

“We have been told there will be no forced redundancies but Flintshire’s only other main branch owned by the Post Office is in Mold.”

Cllr Dolphin says she hopes a company such as WH Smith will opt to move into the town and take the post office on as it has done in other areas, which she claims would help stabalise the town centre’s decline.

“If it were to move to somewhere like Tesco, then that would have a severe impact on Holywell’s town centre trade,” she added.

A Post Office spokesman said: “We welcomed the opportunity to meet with local community representatives to explain and provide reassurances about our plans for continuing high quality and accessible post office services in the heart of the town.

“The best way to do this is to find a retail partner for the High Street branch.

“Once a partner has been identified then any change will be subject to a six-week public consultation to gather the views of the local community.

“If no retail partner is found we are still committed to having a crown post office in the town.”

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