COST-cutting changes to post office services in Llangefni and Holyhead could prove “disastrous.”
That is the view of Anglesey MP Albert Owen after the Post Office announced the crown branches were two of 70 sites it was looking to to partner with a commercial organisation.
He said: “On Ynys Môn, these proposals will affect upwards of 15 members of staff.
"Holyhead and Llangefni Post Offices offer a vital service in the heart of our town centres and moving them out of town would be disastrous.
While the Post Office said it was committed to keeping the Anglesey Post Office’s open and in a central location in both towns, Mr Owen said there was “considerable anxiety” surrounding a potential closure.
He added: “The Post Office say that it is trying to link up with national partners, or local, independent firms which would only be acceptable if the facilities remains central and offered customers all of the present services.”
Llangefni town councillor Margaret Thomas was worried about the post office moving away from town centre.
She said: “The Post Office must ensure that the Crown Post Office remains in town, preferably on the High Street and within a very short distance to the bus stop.
“The high street is already suffering and losing our post office would be huge blow.”
A Post Office spokesman said said crown branches currently operated at a £40million annual loss, and added: “To maintain our high street presence we will be looking to find retail partners for 70 of our branches enabling us to stay in these locations.
“Holyhead and Llangefni Crown Post Offices have been identified as branches that could potentially be partnered with a retailer – they will be subject to six week public
Consultations to gather the views of the local community if suitable retailers are found.
“We are committed to having a Post Office branch within the area.