PLANS to replace the Post Office in Wellington have ground to a halt.

The One Stop closed in August 2019, taking with it the town’s Post Office.

MP Rebecca Pow said that it was "unacceptable" Wellington still does not have a Post Office. 

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The Post Office have not yet moved forward with plans as no retailers have been willing to take on the opportunity.

A Post Office spokesperson said: “We want to offer assurance that we are still actively looking for a retailer in Wellington town centre to take on a Post Office.

“We understand how important a Post Office is to a community and we continue to work to try to find a solution that will provide a Post Office service to the community in this area.

“In the interim an alternative branch is Rockwell Green. To assist our Post Office customers, we increased the number of counters at this branch when Wellington Post Office temporarily shut due to the shop, where the branch was based, closing.”

At a Wellington Town Council meeting last Monday (October 5), it was decided that a Post Office Working Party should be set up to tackle the issue.

Councillor John Thorne said: “I was pretty miffed at what the post office had to say. We own the post office – they are a government owned company and are owned by the public, they really should be doing a lot more for the public.

“It is on them to keep the service going.

“I think we, as a town council, should do something and if we don’t, nobody else is going to. You’ve only got to look at the queues outside the Post Office in Rockwell Green to see that there is still considerable demand.

“Unless we do something ourselves then nothing is going to happen. I think we need to go into all of the options and explore all of them. And accept that we are going to have to put some money of our own out there.”

Cllr Andrew Govier agreed suggested their concerns should be repeated to the Post Office, and an appeal made to local businesses who were willing to house a Post Office.

He added: “There’s two ways of approaching this. I think we set up a small group to take this forward. To look at the issues and the points, but it is really about looking to see if we can do anything about it. The Post Office aren’t going to do anything about it.

“I think we also need to have in the back of our minds the potential costs because we really can’t afford to run a Post Office ourselves – particularly at a loss."

If you are a business owner and are interested in housing the Post Office, you can contact them by visiting, emailing or calling 0333 345 5560, then selecting option 2.