South Yorkshire Post Office to close following failed rescue attempt
A South Yorkshire Post Office is to close despite attempts to save it.
The branch, which is currently inside the Heron Foods store on Wombwell’s High Street was set to close on July 27, because of ‘diminishing demand’.
However, the Post Office announced at the start of July that the branch would remain open as usual under a temporary postmaster until a permanent solution was found.
A Post Office spokesperson, said: “The operator for Wombwell Post Office resigned earlier this year, however, we were allowed to stay at the existing Heron Foods location for a limited amount of time with a temporary postmaster operating the branch.
“This has allowed us to maintain Post Office services throughout the busiest time of the year. Heron Foods has now asked us to vacate the premises to allow extra space for the retail range to be developed.
“The branch is expected to close in late-January. Plans are being finalised. We are looking at ways to provide Post Office services to the area in future.
Post Office customers will have to cross the border into Rotherham to use the Brampton Bierlow branch, which is a 25 minute walk away.
Councillor Robert Frost, Labour Councillor for Wombwell, said the branch is a “lifeline” for local traders, disabled, elderly and vulnerable, and is concerned about the impact on the High Street.
Coun Frost said: ” The post office have not confirmed to Wombwell Councillors that the branch will close in January as they had done earlier but we found out via social media.
“We have written to the Post Office and are awaiting their reply. When the previous closure was rescinded they said they were looking for a long term solution. We would like to know what that will look like
“The post office is well used and is a lifeline for local traders, disabled, elderly and vulnerable who would now have to travel to Brampton or further away
“This will have an economic impact on Wombwell Centre at a time when we are seeing investment from the BMBC Principle Towns Fund.
“We are actively seeking alternatives for the Post Office and will continue to campaign to defend services.”