Grants Awarded to County Post Offices

PRESS RELEASE. DATGANIAD I’R WASG.
Plaid. www.plaidcymru.org
For Immediate Release:
3 Local county post offices have are to be awarded grants from the Assembly as part of its Post Offic3e Diversification Fund. 41 post offices throughout Wales will share over £725,000 with Penygroes, Llangadog and Llandovery in the Carmarthen East and Dinefwr constituency named amongst them. Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM and Jonathan Edwards MP have welcomed the news as a much needed boost to local services.

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM said:

“I am absolutely delighted that there are local post offices benefiting from this round of grants. The post office network in Wales, and especially here in Carmarthenshire, has taken a hit over the past few years. Labour’s closure programme saw numerous services lost and communities left isolated. It is therefore vitally important that we ensure that where there are provisions they are given all the support possible to continue the hugely important role they have.

Very often post offices are more than just a shop but the heartbeat of our towns. I am sure that being given a financial boost through these Assembly grants will help out the Penygroes, Llangadog and Llandovery services.”

Jonathan Edwards MP added:

“These grants are designed to help post offices diversify their business and expand the services they are able to offer. Hopefully the money will be able to allow these three post offices to continue to offer excellent community services and get more people using local post offices.”

ENDS / DIWEDD
Notes

The Post Office Development Fund provided £4.1 million in capital grants to 99 sub-post offices in Wales between 2002 and 2004.

The Post Office Diversification Fund was launched in December 2008, committing £4.5 million from 2008-2011. All sub-postmasters/mistresses in Wales can apply for capital grants of up to £5,000 for small projects; capital grants of up to £20,000 for larger projects; and/or revenue grants of up to £15,000.

In the first two funding rounds of the Post Office Diversification Fund, 140 Post Offices received a share of £2.7 million. Under this latest round, 41 Post Offices will share £726,690.02.

The 41 awards will go to:

Whitchurch Road Post Office
Usk Post Office
Pantyscallog Post Office
James St Post Office
Dyffryn Ardudwy Post Office
Monkton Post Office
Aberkenfig Post Office
Blaengarw Post Office
Heol Llanishen Fach Post Office
Dingestow Post Office
Penygroes Post Office
Crundale Post Office
Amroth Road Post Office
Fairwater Post Office
Senghenydd Post Office
Llandrillo Post Office
Commercial Road Post Office
Meliden Post Office
Ruthin Post Office
Mochdre Post Office
McDonnell Road Post Office
Llansilin Post Office
Crumlin Post Office
Newbridge on Wye Post Office
Wilson Road Post Office
Caerau Post Office
Johnstown Post Office
Llandissillio Post Office
Buckley Post Office
Talybont Post Office
Llangadog Post Office
Llandovery Post Office
Wick Post Office
St Helens Post Office
Llandrillo yn Rhos Post Office
Llanbradach Post Office
Llangynwyd Post Office
Cwmbach Post Office
Hirwaun Post Office
Ty Sign Post Office
Porthcawl Post Office

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