I have written today to the Post Office to press for the long-term future of the Holywell branch to be secured. This comes about to reinforce the argument to keep the banks in Holywell High Street.
During Business, Energy and Industry Strategy Questions, I asked the Business Minister about how the Government is ensuring businesses, like those in Holywell, are able to maintain access to banking when branches continue to close. The Minister responded that protocols set by the Government dictate that when bank branches close services must be made available at the Post Office.
Currently, the future of Holywell Post Office is uncertain. The review that is currently underway is investigating if the Holywell Post Office should be put out to tenure with a local supermarket – potentially losing its place on the High Street.
With the loss of Barclays, and the potential loss of NatWest and HSBC it is even more important for the Post Office to remain in the town. That is why I have written to the Post office pointing out their responsibility to remain within the town.
Now, more than ever we need Holywell Post Office to remain in place. We have had an overwhelming response from residents to our petition calling for the banks to remain and it shows that people value Holywell having a thriving High Street.
In my letter to the Post Office I have pointed out their duty to remain in the town to provide the banking facilities we could lose if the banks go ahead. The Government Minister was quite clear that Post Office’s are the service that we rely upon when banks close in areas.
I will continue to put pressure on the banks to remain open and helping the people of Holywell in carrying out their banking. Adding pressure to the Post Office is just another way of trying to ensure people and businesses can continue to bank in Holywell.