Frustrations voiced over Post Office closure

Local residents and councillors in the Weston area of Bath have said they are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of action by Post Office Ltd on reopening a branch in the area. Weston’s Post Office branch closed suddenly at the end of June after Interim Enterprises, which was temporarily managing the branch, unexpectedly pulled out of running the branch.

Local Conservative Councillor Malcolm Lees (Cons, Weston) has been in close contact with Post Office Ltd about the matter and has pressed them to find a solution as soon as possible. However, Cllr Lees has now written to Post Office Ltd expressing disappointment at the lack of progress in finding either a new operator or alternative location for the Post Office, stating that local residents need to be kept better informed of what action is being taken to find a solution.

Cllr Lees (Cons, Weston) said:

“Residents in Weston are becoming increasingly frustrated with lack of information forthcoming from Post Office Ltd on what is being done to restore a Post Office branch in the area. I have maintained frequent correspondence with Post Office Ltd and myself and fellow Weston councillor Colin Barrett have given our support to finding a potential new operator in the village.

“However, it is getting on for two months now that our Post Office has been closed and the lack of progress is causing increasing concern in the area. Local traders have told me that they feel passing trade has slowed on the High Street since the closure. I am awaiting a response from the Post Office to my most recent correspondence seeking an update on what action they are taking on community engagement in the matter and providing temporary service provision. We will not let this matter lie.”