Local post office services are important for residents in our community. I have been pushing for services to be restored in Hoyland and Darfield since their branches closed last year.
The Post Office have informed me that a retailer in Hoyland has successfully passed the recruitment process to incorporate a Post Office into their existing retail business.
However, due to the effects of COVID-19 on retail businesses and the challenges this has created for the High Street generally, the Post Office have had to pause some incomplete branch projects that are currently underway while they assess the impact of COVID-19. They are currently working to secure funding to resume these projects.
In Darfield, the Post Office have informed me that the branch was closed in November 2019 for operational reasons. There were plans in place to reopen the branch, but this was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, the previous postmaster has sold their business and the Post Office contract with them was therefore terminated.
The new owners of the business are interested in taking on the Post Office alongside the retail business they have purchased, and are in the very early stages of applying to provide Post Office services. If their application is successful, the Post Office have stated that they hope to be able to restore services to the community in Darfield as soon as possible, although they weren’t able to provide a definite timeline for this.
I will continue to push the Post Office to restore services in Hoyland and Darfield as soon as possible, and I will make sure I keep local residents updated on any further progress.