Arfon AM Siân Gwenllian has raised the closure of the local Post Office branch in Upper Bangor in the Welsh Assembly this week, when she questioned Alun Davies, Cabinet Secretary for Public Services.
The post office, which is located in the Late Stop shop, on Holyhead Road, ‘temporarily’ closed on 24th February 2018, due to ‘operational reasons‘ which means that businesses, students and local residents now have to rely on a mobile Post Office service in Morrisons’ car park, which is only available for an hour a week.
Questioning Alun Davies in the Welsh Assembly on Wednesday, Siân Gwenllian said: “The post office in Upper Bangor was closed a few weeks ago, meaning that businesses, students and local residents had to rely on a mobile service in a car park, which is only available for an hour a week, that is entirely unacceptable.
“It is crucial that the Post Office in Upper Bangor has a permanent home in the future.
“I accept that it’s not a devolved matter but there is a duty on the Government to ensure the Post office does provide services to the citizens across Wales. I’m sure you’d agree with that.”
Mr Davies replied: “I am aware of the situation in Upper Bangor, and I can tell the Member for Arfon that there is a matter being dealt with currently.
“The Post Office is at present dealing with it; it’s a contractual matter, I cannot say more than that.
“I am aware that alternative services have been made available, but that they are not adequate for the needs of the community; it’s only a mobile service available for one hour only Wednesday.
“However, we have spoken to the Post Office, and we do understand that the Post Office cannot take any further action until the current investigation is completed.”
Alternative Post Office services are currently available in Penrhosgarnedd, Bangor High Street and Maesgeirchen.