Herefordshire Post Office takes stock of future after big loss
There is no doubt about the future of a post office in a town in Herefordshire, despite the loss of £ 2,000 per month when the property changed hands three years ago.
Kington’s deputy postmaster said he was asked about the future of the Bridge Street Post Office after the Hay-on-Wye branch closed when the owner retired after five years in trying unsuccessfully to find a buyer.
The branch closure left the border town without a bank or post office, but the company said it was trying to find a permanent solution, with mobile service currently visiting twice a week.
Responding to questions about the future of the branch, Kington Deputy Postmaster Tim Allen said he was working to overthrow the post office fortunes, but was not going to not close.
He said it had been just over two years since he took over the post office, but this coincided with the Royal Mail closing the sorting office in the back rooms of the branch.
In the first year the post office lost £ 2,000 a month, but progress has been made since then.
Mr Allen said losses had halved over the past year as he expanded the retail business, but his downtown branch had also been hit by coronavirus restrictions limiting vacations to the city. abroad, as travel money and insurance were one of the main sources of income.
“Of course it has been a terrible year for everyone and for most of the businesses on the main street,” he said.
“For us, after the mail, the second largest portion of our income comes from travel money and travel insurance and there has been no income from that for over a year now.
“We look forward to your vacation even more than we look forward to ours.”
Mr Allen, owner of the building, said he was considering renovating it after completing a project nearby.
He said he took over the project after the previous deputy postmaster left in 2018 because he did not want Kington to leave without a post office bank.
“I own the building, it was not such a difficult decision,” he added.
“It’s just what is the city going to do without banks or a post office?”
“Kington is on a road that goes nowhere out of nowhere, Hereford, it depends on how it goes, is 35 minutes. There is nowhere else, everywhere is a half hour drive away , but with a population of 3,500 and a rural community that it also serves It’s a lot of people.
“I like a challenge, and I think somehow this will be a successful business to build in due course, it just takes patience.”