Workers hold rally over Morriston Post Office proposals
WORKERS at Morriston Post Office have staged a rally in a bid to prevent its possible closure.
Staff at the office in Woodfield Street took part in the action today to show their opposition to plans which could see it be franchised out to a retailer as the Post Office looks to modernise its services.
One of the organisers of the event, Doug Illing, said: “The situation with this is people want it open.
“I’ve had lots of people email me about it, and calling me up from all over the place. Tourists who come up to visit the area use it to get their money out – I’ve have phone calls from as far away as Taunton about it.
“This post office is very, very busy. If this closes here, Morriston is going to be killed off altogether.”
As well as Morriston, there are similar concerns over the futures of Crown Post Offices in Neath and Port Talbot.
Ward councillor Rob Stewart said: “It has gone really well, we have had a really good response from the people of Morriston and have collected a lot of signatures which is encouraging.
“We want to keep the Post Office where it is.
“They key thing is is that it is the hub of the community which provides a huge range of services which people rely on.
“If it was to move into a business somewhere the full range of services wouldn’t be able to be offered.
“If that business then was to close or to move what would happen then?
“It is also a historical building, it is a landmark in Morriston, which is extremely well used.”
Previously a spokesman for the Post Office said:
"Crown branches are a fundamental part of our long term growth strategy and need to be brought into profit.
"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."
There will be a public meeting to discuss the possible closure at St David's Church in the town on Saturday, September 14 at 10.30am.
Also at the rally were council leader David Phillips and Swansea East AM Mike Hedges.