Local businesses could provide the solution to allow a Cardiff community keep its post office – South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has said.
Lakeside Post Office in Cyncoed closed last month – after the Spar store which houses the facility announced it would cease trading.
Yesterday – Mr Davies met with Stuart Taylor – External Relations Manager for the Post Office – along with Cyncoed councillor Kath Kelloway.
Mr Taylor confirmed the Post Office are keen to maintain the facility – but they need a local business to run it.
He pointed out that hosting the facility can create many benefits – providing an additional income stream in addition to the increased footfall it can bring to a business.
The facility has a footfall of 560 customers per week.
Following the meeting – Mr Davies urged local businesses to come forward – saying it provided a great chance to give something back – as well as potentially bringing many other opportunities.
Mr Davies said, “Residents are deeply concerned about the closure of Lakeside Post Office – and there is clearly a desire to keep the facility.
“I’m therefore grateful to Stuart for taking the time to meet with Kath and me – and discuss the various options available.
“The only way to keep the facility is if a local business takes it over – but he emphasised the potential benefits doing so can bring.
“Being postmaster does provide its own income stream – but the store’s footfall can also open many other commercial opportunities.
“If you’re a local business in the area – it’s also a good chance to deliver something for the community – so do contact me if you’re interested and I’ll put you in touch with the Post Office.”
[Picture: South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies and Cyncoed councillor Kath Kelloway meet with Post Office External Relations Manager Stuart Taylor]