New home for town's Post Office revealed
CARMARTHEN'S Post Office will relocate to the town's branch of WH Smith it has been confirmed.
The King Street post office will follow in the footsteps of the Swansea branch and see the service move into WH Smith with current staff being give the option of relocating.
The move announced by Post Office Limited means the service will move into the Guildhall Square based shop within months.
However, town mayor Doug Rose has hit out at the announcement arguing many people in town do not want to see it move.
He added: "We do need to retain the post office where it is. If it moves it will be the death of King Street, we need to get more businesses in there rather than take them away."
Mr Rose said he could not understand why the third busiest post office in Wales was being moved.
Roger Gale, Post Office Crown Network General Manager, said of the decision: "We are committed to keeping a Post Office branch in Carmarthen and to maintaining the same levels of service for our customers.
"We believe the best way for us to do this is to change the way we operate the branch, so if the move goes ahead it will be run by WH Smith rather than by us directly."
The relocated branch will be run by WH Smith and have seven serving counters.
These will be a mixture of four screened and three open-plan counters. Under the proposals, it would offer the same wide range of products and services bosses have said. A six week public consultation starts on Monday over the changes with people urged to give their views.
During the consultation, submissions can be made through an online questionnaire at postofficeviews.co.uk, by FREEPOST Your Comments to Post Office Ltd, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or via the customer helpline on 08457 22 33 44 or Textphone 08457 22 33 55.or at postofficeviews.co.uk.