'Reinstate our Post Office' say concerned Welwyn Garden City residents

PUBLISHED: 11:28 27 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:28 27 October 2016

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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Worried residents are urging Post Offices Ltd to reinstate a branch in Welwyn Garden City town centre following the sudden closure of the Howardsgate office this week.

A Post Office spokeswoman said “The premises housing Welwyn Garden City Post Office were withdrawn for post office use at short notice and our temporary postmaster had to vacate on Monday; meanwhile we are working to find an alternative solution.”

Borough councillor Helen Bromley, who represents the Handside ward, said: “I’m very concerned that I have was notified about this after the event and that again we find ourselves worried about whether or not a post office will remain in WGC town centre.

“I have met so many elderly people down there and they’re really quite distressed.”

Former borough councillor Dr Dennis Lewis, of The Links in WGC, said: “This closure is stated to be temporary but we must exert the maximum public pressure to ensure that temporary really means temporary.

“Many people, particularly pensioners, will be sorely inconvenienced by this decision.”

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has also vowed to fight to reopen a post office and is organising an urgent meeting with Post Offices Ltd to discuss this.

The Post Office spokeswoman added: “We know how important Post Office services are to people in Welwyn Garden City and we are committed to maintaining services in the area. We apologise to customers for the inconvenience this will cause and thank them for their understanding.”

Nearest alternative Post Office branches are Pear Tree Post Office, 120 Peartree Lane, WGC, Shoplands Post Office, 1-3 Shoplands, WGC, and Hatfield Post Office, 9 Town Centre.

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