CONFUSION surrounds the future of a village’s post office after a planned reopening was postponed.
It was announced last week, to the joy of villagers, that the under-threat Mynydd Isa Post Office, near Mold, would remain open.
Uncertainty had previously surrounded its future after the Spar store in which it is currently located, which is leased from a private owner, shut down.
And now the post office’s future again appears under threat after its planned reopening next Monday, June 9, was called off.
North Wales AM Mark Isherwood received an email from the Post Office confirming the opening would not take place.
It said: “Due to unforeseen circumstances we are now unable to reopen the post office on June 9 with a temporary sub-postmaster, as planned.
“I can only apologise to you and our customers for the temporary closure of this post office and reassure you that we are working to reopen the post office as soon as possible.”
Last week the Post Office announced that the store would be reopening with a temporary sub-postmaster on the same site and with the same opening hours, products and services.
Mr Isherwood said: “This is very disappointing news.
“Having been in regular communication with Post Office Ltd over the June 3 closure of Mynydd Isa Post Office, I was delighted last week when they informed me that it would definitely be reopening on June 9.
“Post Office services are vital to local communities and I hope Post Office Ltd are true to their word and reopen Mynydd Isa Post Office as soon as possible.”
Argoed councillor Hilary McGuill said: “It is very frustrating, a lot of time and effort has been put into this and we thought we had a solution but now it doesn’t look like that.
“I’m hoping this is just a temporary issue and we are trying to find our way around this to get a permanent solution.
“Everybody is rooting for it and it is a much needed facility and it is a well used facility.”
Delyn AM Sandy Mewies also expressed her disappointment.
She said: “The post office is a valued facility in the community and it is important that the loss of this service is only temporary.
“It is disappointing that the service will not reopen as quickly as first thought.
“But the Post Office has given the assurance that they are working to reopen the service as soon as possible.”
It had been planned that the temporary sub-postmaster would work at the branch while a new business was found to supplement the outlet.
Speaking after the post office was rescued, Cllr Roy Marsh, chairman of Argoed Community Council, said: “The post office is the lifeblood of the 6,000-strong community, many of whom are elderly and depend on the service.
“It would have been disastrous if they would have to travel to Buckley or Mold.”
A Post Office spokesman said: “ We understand how important having access to Post Office services is to local users.
“We would like to reassure them that we are committed to maintaining Post Office services in Mynydd Isa and we are very sorry for any inconvenience experienced due to the temporary closure of the branch.
“Post Office officials are working hard to find a way to reopen the service as soon as possible”
The spokesman added that customer can get access to services at any Post Office branch, with Buckley Post Office at 10 Brunswick Road, Buckley and Mold Post Office, at 18 Earl Road, Mold, being the closest.
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