Search for post office solution

February 27 2019
Search for post office solution

WELLS could end up with two sites near the city centre providing post office services when, as seems likely, the post office in Wells Market Place closes in September.

The probable closure was revealed by Wells Voice last month, due to the resignation of the postmaster and the lack of interest from anyone else in running the post office at its present site.

Since then, Post Office Ltd has had discussions with Wells City Council – which owns the premises – and Wells MP James Heappey to try to find a solution for future post office provision.

A multi-site option is said to be under consideration, including resurrecting plans for a business in Tucker Street to provide a post office counter – there was a bid to launch post office services in the Spar shop in the past – as well as having a post office counter in one of the shops in Wells High Street.

Wells Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is being consulted. Chamber chairman Robert Powell said: “The chamber is keen to work with the city council to help keep a central post office provision in the centre of Wells.”

Any formal proposals would eventually have to go out to public consultation.

A Post Office spokesperson said: “We can confirm we have had constructive meetings with the local MP and local council about Wells Post Office, and are grateful for their support and understanding.

“We are currently reviewing options to maintain post office services in the area from September and we hope to be able to give more details on this soon.”

Any city centre retailer interested in having a post office counter can contact the Post Office direct or the city council at the Town Hall.