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Post Office closes eight branches

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The Post Office says it still has 127 branches throughout mid Wales

The Post Office will close a further eight branches in mid Wales following the conclusion of a review.

It comes after it announced in June was closing 11 branches in the area.

However the Post Office said nearly 99% of people would see no change to their existing branch or will be able to find another within a mile.

The closures are at Castle Caereinion, Llanbrynmair, Llanddewi Brefi, Llangeitho, Llanilar, Llanwrtyd Wells, Llyswen/Boughrood and Pontsian.

Castle Caereinion: Castle Caereinion, Welshpool
Llanbrynmair: Llanbrynmair
Llanddewi Brefi: Tregaron
Llangeitho: Tregaron
Llanilar: The Falcon Inn, Llanilar
Llanwrtyd Wells: Melbourne House, Victoria Square
Llyswen: Boughrood, Brecon
Pontsain: Hen Siop y Pentref, Pontsian, Llandysul

It will leave 127 branches in the area, which the Post Office said supported UK government criteria for "minimum access".

Steve Geraty of Post Office Limited in Wales said the decision to close a branch would often be unpopular.

"Nevertheless, we have to make decisions to close branches in order to put the network on a more stable footing for the future and achieve this in a way which best meets the demands and concerns of its customers," he added.

Mr Geraty said after the changes had been implemented, the company would remain the largest retailer by network size in the area and would "still have more branches open than all of the major banks and building societies combined".

"Nearly 99% of the population will see no change to the branch that they currently use or would remain within one mile of an alternative outlet," he said.

"It is very important to us that our customers are kept informed of any changes to the network and that we provide them with full details of alternative options to enable them to continue to access Post Office services."

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