P.O. clo­sure new blow for town

Six-week con­sul­ta­tion launched

Llanelli Star - - FRONT PAGE - San­dra Hembery

ONE of Llanelli’s main post of­fices is set to close – spark­ing mixed re­ac­tions in the town.

The Post Of­fice has launched a six-week con­sul­ta­tion to close its branch at John Street in Llanelli.

A spokesman said the branch “has been tem­po­rar­ily man­aged for a num­ber of years and we have taken this op­por­tu­nity to re­view ser­vice in the area.”

ONE of Llanelli’s main post of­fices is set to close – spark­ing mixed re­ac­tions in the town.

The Post Of­fice has launched a six-week con­sul­ta­tion to close its branch at John Street in Llanelli.

A spokesman said the branch “has been tem­po­rar­ily man­aged for a num­ber of years and we have taken this op­por­tu­nity to re­view ser­vice in the area.”

The move comes amid a back­drop of re­cent busi­ness clo­sure an­nounce­ments for the town – af­ter the Vista Lounge an­nounced it would be call­ing time for the last time on July 27. The build­ing also houses Vista Ho­tel and Lan­gosti­nos restau­rant in Sta­tion Road.

The owner, Paul Jenk­ins, blamed a lack of trade for the venue’s demise.

Also clos­ing on the same day will be Ruby Jacqs nurs­ery and chil­dren’s wear bou­tique in Pem­brey Road – with the owner cit­ing com­pe­ti­tion from on­line brands as one of the rea­sons.

But many took to Face­book to de­cry the clo­sure of the Post Of­fice in John Street, with some say­ing it wasn’t as good as it had been in re­cent years.

Phillip Walters said: “It wasn’t quite the same as the one we all knew 20-plus years ago.”

Richard Young echoed the sen­ti­ments, say­ing: “Not sur­prised, nothing like it was back in the day, with about eight tills open and about 40 staff be­hind the scenes up­stairs.”

Wendy Chin said: “Many years ago John Street Post Of­fice used to be very busy, al­ways clean and tidy, well stocked, and ex­cel­lent staff. Then every­thing changed – but not for the bet­ter.”

Loretta Evans said she was sad at the branch’s clo­sure, claim­ing “too many shops and busi­nesses are clos­ing in Llanelli – it’s be­come a ghost town”, and Tina Crox­all said it was a “shame it’s go­ing”.

Elli ward coun­cil­lor Sion Davies said he was very dis­ap­pointed at the move. He added: “It’s an es­sen­tial high street ser­vice, and a lot of people use it for bank­ing ser­vices – es­pe­cially more el­derly ser­vice users.”

He said it was heart­en­ing to know there were other branches close by, but urged con­stituents to take part in the con­sul­ta­tion.

A Post Of­fice spokesman said there were four branches within a mile of the John Street branch, in­clud­ing two re­cently opened branches at Church Street and Pem­brey Road, as well as Ann Street and Llanelli Docks.

She said both Ann Street and Llanelli Docks post of­fices had more cus­tomer ses­sions per week than Llanelli.

But the Post Of­fice didn’t em­ploy the staff at Llanelli, as a tem­po­rary agency op­er­a­tor em­ploys their own staff.

The pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion has started and will run un­til Au­gust 20.

Ruby Jacqs owner Char­lotte Rick­wood said she was clos­ing her shop af­ter four-and-a-half years for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, in­clud­ing the fact it had qui­etened down, and fam­ily rea­sons.

She also said traf­fic light changes last year hadn’t helped, caus­ing grid­lock for ve­hi­cles want­ing to get to her shop.

The threat posed by on­line com­pe­ti­tion had been an­other factor, and she had launched a clos­ing down sale ahead of the busi­ness end­ing.

The im­pend­ing clo­sure comes amid a back­drop of the an­nounce­ment Vista Lounge is to close, and fol­lows the demise of EJ’s bar and restau­rant – al­though that is soon to re-open un­der a new name and with new own­ers.

Pic­ture: Google Street View

The John Street Post Of­fice in Llanelli, which is set to close.

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