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Post office must be replaced, says MP

Residents living in the York Road area “are at a great inconvenience” while they wait for a replacement post office following the closure of Jennymount post office earlier this year.

North Belfast DUP MP Nigel Dodds made the remarks after he met with senior Post Office NI manager Barbara Roulston and representatives of other agencies last week to push for the opening of a new post office branch to serve the district.

Mr Dodds said: “This was one in a series of meetings I have held towards re-instating a post office in the York Road area. At the time of the closure of Jennymount post office in February this year the Post Office gave a firm commitment that it would do everything possible to have a new post office open in the locality. I am holding them to that promise and I am doing everything I can to help bring about a solution.

“This gap in provision has lasted too long and I have demanded that the Post Office explore other options, including considering the role that statutory agencies could play. It is currently a great inconvenience for people having to travel to other post offices, particularly for the elderly. I am confident, with statutory co-operation and an inter-agency approach, that a solution can be found, which would be very welcome news for the York Road and North Queen Street area.

“The Post Office has been trying to get a new or existing business to take on the post office branch, as it will not run this directly. There have been a number of strong expressions of interest but unfortunately these have not followed through.

“Postal Affairs Minister Ed Davey has announced plans this week to expand the range of services provided by post offices. I welcome that investment and this only strengthens the case for a new post office in the York Road area. Nearly 2,000 people per week visited the former Jennymount post office so there is a very clear demand for it.”

Belfast Telegraph