Hundreds sign petition to see Welwyn Garden City post office reopen
PUBLISHED: 15:41 30 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:44 30 November 2016
More than 500 people have signed a petition calling for a Welwyn Garden City post office to be reinstated.
The post office in Howardsgate, housed within Costcutter, shut up shop over a month ago with no prior warning.
The premises have remained closed ever since, despite the appearance of workmen at one point.
Post Office Ltd is advertising a franchise opportunity at the premises with a closing date of March 31, 2017, for applications.
In the meantime, Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps is vowing to use people power to get the post office re-opened.
He said: “Post offices are still a vital lifeline for many local people and it is important the Post Office takes rapid action to resolve the situation.
“The post office has started to advertise the opportunity to operate the Welwyn Garden City main branch, but we can’t allow their attention to slip; potentially creating delays. This petition will help us keep up the pressure.”
Councillor Helen Bromley, (Handside ward) said: “I was dismayed to discover that the main Welwyn Garden City post office had been closed without any prior warning or consultation with anyone.
“I have every sympathy with all those people who usually use this service and support all endeavours to reinstate this valuable service to our community. We cannot stand by and watch a national institution disappear from our high streets.
Councillor Fiona Thomson (Handside) added: “The Howardsgate post office was used by a large number of local people in Handside and the wider town. I hope that with this petition we can keep the pressure up on the Post Office central office so that this stays an absolute a priority.”
A Post Office spokeswoman said: “We are working hard to reopen Welwyn Garden City post office.
“We are currently advertising the vacancy on our website www.runapostoffice.co.uk.
“We are committed to providing a post office in Welwyn Garden City.”
To sign Mr Shapps’ petition, visit www.shapps.com/wgcpo