Been out leafleting in Abermule tonight. I'm going to be 'available' outside the village Post Office on Saturday morning. There is one dominating issue - the future of the local Post Office. Let's recap on the story so far.
As part of its programme to close 2,500 Sub-Post Offices in England and Wales, and create 500 new 'outreach' services in their place, Post Office Ltd has decided to close Abermule Post Office. Its also been decided that this growing village should be one of the 500 that will receive a new 'outreach' service, of which there are four different types. The original consultation proposals suggested that this service should be a 'Mobile Van', linked to a nearby Post Office, probably Newtown. But there's been a problem. There is no place to park the Mobile Van. So we have impasse - and limbo.
Because I like to keep in touch with what's happening in Montgomeryshire, I follow up on these issues. I like to be able to answer Montgomeryshire people's questions. So where are we now? First thing to remember is that Post Office Ltd decided some months ago that they intend to close Abermule Post Office. Over the last month or so Post Office Ltd has been so preoccupied dealing with the fallout from its closure proposals in North Wales proposals that there has been no time to implement this decision and deal with the 'impasse' created in Abermule. But this period of 'limbo' is now coming to an end. Sometime during the next few weeks Post Office Ltd are returning to Abermule to discuss what sort of 'outreach' service is going to be introduced.
I'd still like the decision to close Abermule Post Office to be reconsidered. I know that I may not succeed in winning this argument, but I'll keep on asking for a rethink while there's even a small chance of success. I expect a few people to raise this in response to my leafleting.