Support is continuing to grow for saving Neath Post Office and the vital services it provides. The branch on Windsor Road is one of 70 across the UK earmarked to join with a retail franchise which would mean a loss of key services. I’ve met with workers and addressed the public meeting in Neath town hall. It is crucial that we show our support for the Crown Office and the service provided there. Sign the petition (in my office) and show your support.
Vital local services from passport checks to driving licence renewals will be cut if the Post Office proceeds with plans to close its Neath Crown Office says local MP Peter Hain.
At a protest meeting called by the Neath Labour Party in Neath Town hall Mr Hain called on Neath residents to ‘stand up and fight to keep the Post Office’.
Managers are consulting on closing the Crown Office in Windsor Road Neath and transferring postal services into a section of an as yet unidentified local shop.
‘People may be hoodwinked into thinking that under this proposal just the office will change, so it’s no big deal. But in fact there will be a major dumbing down if that happens,’ Mr Hain claimed.
He told the meeting that amongst the services that will be lost are:
– passport checks
– ready foreign currency
– 10 year driving licence renewals
– identity checks for mortgages, border controls and Criminal Investigation Bureau investigations
‘There will also be a loss of the financial specialists for widely used services like life assurance policies which has been very popular in Neath. People worried about getting outside financial advice trust the Post Office but that too will disappear if Crown Office status is lost and the office downgraded and parked in the corner of a retail outlet,’ Mr Hain said
The nearest Crown Office to obtain these services will be Bridgend or Merthyr Tydfil because the Swansea Crown Office has closed already, Mr Hain pointed out. ‘That is totally unacceptable,’ he said.
Neath MP Peter Hain visited the Royal Mail delivery office in Neath town centre for Christmas to thank postmen and women for their work over the festive period and met with his home Aberdulais postman Barry Stacey.
Mr Hain was shown round the office by local Delivery Office Manager and introduced to the postmen and women, who are working hard doing their bit to sort and deliver all the cards and parcels in the Neath area in the run-up to Christmas.
Mr Hain said: “It was great to meet the hard-working Royal Mail postmen and women at the Neath delivery office and to see at first hand just how much effort they put into delivering for people at this time of year.
“Postmen and women do such an important job and we were keen to thank them for their efforts and wish them all the best over the busy festive period.”