"The Post Office closed suddenly at the end of February 2020, which was a devastating blow to the local community. This was especially because it served local businesses and the many older people in the community who couldn’t easily get to a Post Office”, said Sketty Councillor, Mike Day.
Councillor Cheryl Philpott added “Sketty had been hit badly by the closure of bank branches in recent years, and local businesses were complaining to us about not being able to bank their takings, and access parcel and other postal services. I am sure the whole community will welcome the service being re-established.”
Gareth Milne said “I have been in business in Sketty for many years and I realised how important a service it is to the community. So, I have invested a great deal of time and effort to get the facility open again. I hope that we will see many people using it again. We are offering a wide range of services, but cannot deal with vehicle tax or passport applications. In addition to postal services, we also sell greeting cards, a range of stationery, GG’s ice cream, colouring and puzzle books, amongst other things.”
Photo shows Gareth Milne (in the middle) and the staff behind the
re-opening of Sketty Post Office
“Over the years, we have successfully campaigned to keep local post offices open,” added Mike Day. “The ones at Sketty Park and Carnglas Road have been threatened with closure in the past and we were able to submit watertight cases for their retention. So, when the Sketty Post Office closed, I immediately wrote to Post Office Limited to seek assurances about its re-opening. Finding a new operator has been a long process, especially as it all happened during the pandemic. But we a delighted that Gareth has taken on the task, and wish him every success with the business.”
Cheryl Philpott added, ”We are so fortunate to have Post Offices in Tycoch, Sketty and Sketty Park, which provide important services to our community. Clearly, the Conservative government’s policy of not paying out pensions through the Post Office has been a blow to their viability, but we have a chance to keep them as a central part of local services. If we want to keep our Post Offices, we would urge people to use them, wherever possible.”