A campaign to save a Post Office branch in the Weston area of Bath has been stepped up a gear. Following its sudden closure just over a week ago, local residents and councillors in the area have been working round the clock to secure the future of the Post Office branch.
Local Councillor Malcolm Lees (Con, Weston) has now drawn up a petition calling upon Post Office Ltd to secure an alternative operator for the branch and to ensure continued Post Office service provision in the village during the closure.
Since management company Interim Enterprises pulled out of running the branch, Cllr Lees has held discussions with Post Office Ltd about the branch’s unplanned closure and has pressed upon them the need for a branch to remain in Weston village. Malcolm has also held discussions with various local shop owners who have shown an interest taking over the Post Office, though discussions are only at an early stage.
Cllr Lees commented:
“I’ve spoken with many local residents who have told me how essential it is that Weston retains its own Post Office. I have distributed a petition in the village and will hand it over to Post Office Ltd to press upon them the need to find a new operator for the Weston branch. The more support for the Post Office we show the better.
“I have spoken with Post Office Ltd and written to them seeking assurances that they are doing all they can to secure Post Office service provision in the area, which is in accordance with their own code of conduct. I have spoken with a few other local shop owners who may be interested in running the branch, but while I am hopeful for the future, it is early days and Post Office Ltd would need to lend its support.”
Cllr Lees has also expressed concern that the current sign outside the Post Office stating it is ‘Temporarily Closed’ is confusing to local residents who come back the next day to see if it is open, and will be asking Post Office Ltd to amend and clarify this sign.