Post Office ‘working hard’ to restore services to Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 10:41 08 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:41 08 March 2017

Concern has been raised for the future of the post office in Howardsgate, Welwyn Garden City.
Borough councillor Helen Bromley and former borough councillor Dennis Lewis are calling for a post office branch to be reinstated.

Concern has been raised for the future of the post office in Howardsgate, Welwyn Garden City. Borough councillor Helen Bromley and former borough councillor Dennis Lewis are calling for a post office branch to be reinstated.

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A question mark still hangs over the future of Welwyn Garden City’s post office five months after its sudden closure.

The post office base in Howardsgate has remained empty since October after “the premises were withdrawn for post office use at short notice”.

A spokeswoman for Post Office Ltd has suggested that a new post office may not necessarily be reinstated at the same premises.

She told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “We are working hard to restore post office services to Welwyn Garden City.

“We have advertised the vacancy.

“We are in discussion with a potential applicant.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of this branch.”

The spokeswoman added: “It is early to give timescales for the branch re-opening at this stage.”

Borough councillor Helen Bromley said: “It’s been a long time since the post office closure and it’s really frustrating for everyone.

“If you don’t use it, you lose it and they might say everyone has found alternatives so there’s no need for it.

“On a personal level, I really miss it because that’s where I used to take passports and parcels.”

Welwyn Garden City resident and former borough councillor Dennis Lewis added: “They must re-double their efforts to get a post office in place by the end of this month.

“We must have a post office. It’s a town centre function which sees to the necessities of life.”

Although keen to establish a presence in the town, JD Wetherspoon missed the deadline to appeal over the rejection of its second planning application to turn nearby 22 Parkway into a pub last month.

Mr Lewis, who is a member of the WGC Society, said: “I think it [the former post office premises] would be a good site for Wetherspoon’s.

“The sooner 22 Parkway is returned to use as a dwelling house or two flats the better.”

WGC Society chairman Tony Grise said: “The society has never been against Wetherspoon’s coming to the town, it was just the location that was wrong.

“The carpet shop premises at the corner of Fretherne Road would have been a good location.”

A Wetherspoon’s spokesman declined to comment.


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