Following the news that Pontypridd Post Office’s current operators are due to finish on 23rd December 2022, Plaid Cymru MS for South Wales Central, Heledd Fychan, has raised concerns in the Senedd. She has also written to the Post Office, who have confirmed that they are looking for new operators but that no one is currently in place to take over the service.
Having previously successfully campaigned for the Post Office to re-open in her then role as a Councillor for Pontypridd Town ward, Heledd is acutely aware of how important the service is to both the town centre as well as nearby communities. Though postal services are not devolved to the Senedd, Welsh Government Ministers regularly meet with the Post Office and have agreed to raise the issue with them at their next meeting.
Heledd Fychan MS said: “Having a Post Office in Pontypridd town centre is vital both for the town and nearby residents. With more and more banks having closed, such as the HSBC in Pontypridd, the Post Office has become even more important to so many people by supporting them with their banking needs, as well as a whole myriad of different services.
“We must not lose Pontypridd Post Office, and I urge the Post Office to find an urgent solution so that the service continues after Christmas.”
Heledd Fychan MS also expressed her solidarity with Royal Mail staff who are currently striking in order to protect their own terms and conditions as well as royal mail services. She added: “Both the Post Office and the Royal Mail are essential services, and more must be done to protect both.”