Plaid Cymru Member of Parliament for Dwyfor Meirionnydd Liz Saville Roberts has warmly welcomed news that two communities in Dwyfor Meirionnydd have had their Post Office services restored, following a concerted campaign to improve access to cash and banking services.
Service has been restored to the village of Sarn, Pwllheli which closed in 2015 and will be open on Tuesdays between 10.00am and 12.00pm at Cig Ceirion Meats, Waterloo House.
Harlech, which has been blighted by a lack of access to cash has also had its Post Office service restored and will be operate from the Llew Glas Café, High Street on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10.00am and 12.00pm. Both services will be operated by the Postmaster from Cricieth.
Rt Hon Liz Saville Roberts MP said,
‘I am delighted that post office services have been partly restored to communities in Sarn and Harlech, benefiting constituents who have been blighted by the loss of financial services.’
‘Harlech in particular has been badly affected by the gradual loss of services, with the nearest free-to-use ATM a staggering 10km away.’
‘In addition to the return of post office services, I have formally requested that LINK install a permanent free-to-use ATM in Harlech, which suffers disproportionally from a lack of financial services.’
‘The Post Office is one of those essential services which any village should be able to offer, though perhaps one many people only really appreciate when it is not available.’
‘It is a valuable resource to many people in my constituency, particularly those who do not have access to online banking, and the restoration of the post office in Sarn and Harlech, shows that there is demand for the service.
‘I am pleased that provisions are being made to help my constituents and I’d like to pay particular tribute to Harlech Councillor Freya Bentham and Harlech in Action, with whom I have worked closely to bring about this change. Thanks also to Cricieth Postmaster for stepping-in to help.’
‘As a consequence of local bank closures, the Post Office plays a vital part in financial inclusion and its presence in towns and villages across Dwyfor Meirionnydd is now more important than ever.’