Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for Brecon & Radnorshire, is urging Powys County Council to assist in getting a temporary Post Office service restored in Builth Wells, whilst a permanent solution is sought following the closure of the Post Office shop on December 27th last year.
The Post Office had negotiated with a local Postmaster to provide a service for one day a week in the town, but has been told by Powys County Council Highways officers that a permit costing several hundred pounds a day is required to site the mobile unit in the Groe Car Park, the most suitable location. This would make the service unviable and Kirsty is strongly backing the Post Office’s request that the County Council waive the fee in order to solve the problem.
Commenting on the situation, Kirsty Williams said:
“I have previously received confirmation from a senior Council director that it is happy to work with Builth Wells Town Council and the Post Office to assist with this matter and now is the chance for the County Council to deliver.
“I have written to the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development to urge that he waives the permit fees for a mobile Post Office unit in the Groe Car Park as a matter of urgency. There are many people in Builth Wells and district who need this service and are finding life much more difficult since the Post Office closed.
“I am working closely with the Post Office and others, to try to get a full service restored. This is an opportunity to ensure that a major step forward is taken and I very much hope the County Council will agree to help save the postal service in Builth Wells.”