Anger over plans to move Carmarthen's King Street post office
POST Office chiefs are being urged to face the public head-on to explain proposals to franchise Carmarthen's King Street branch to a shop elsewhere in the town.
Town leaders have said a public meeting must be called soon to give residents a voice over the controversial plans and to grill Post Office bosses.
Mayor Phil Grice told a meeting of the town council: "We've had our say, the Post Office union has spoken and traders.
"The rally in town was very well supported and we have keep the momentum going.
"Now it's the public's turn to have their say in all this and so a meeting has to be held soon."
More than 1,000 names have already been collected on a petition to ensure the town retains a crown post office branch.
Plans to relocate the service from King Street are being described as devastating, and campaigners says it would be the death-knell for King Street.
Councillor Richard Edwards questioned the statement by the Post Office made in recent weeks which said the plans aimed to "enhance the customer experience."
He added: "How can moving and downgrading the service into a shop be in any way an enhancement to the customer experience?
Councillor Doug Rose described the situation as privatisation, adding: "If the post office moves it really will be the death knell for King Street. There are already a myriad of empty shops."
It was agreed to push forward with the petition and hold a public meeting.
Mr Grice is also awaiting a response from Post Office chiefs after sending a personal letter to them last week.
Post Office spokesman Stuart Taylor said: "Post Office representatives would welcome the opportunity to explain the reasons for our proposal to start the search for a retail partner in the town and to hear the views of customers, local elected members and other interested parties.
"This week Post Office representatives met with a group of local councillors in Carmarthen to discuss our plans."