Antrim councillors have been given assurances that the town’s main Post Office branch will remain in the town centre.
The Post Office’s Mark Gibson assured councillors that despite rumours to the contrary, the main Antrim branch will remain in the town centre.
Mr Gibson had attended council’s Planning and Public Services Committee to update local representatives on present and future plans across the borough.
Asked by Councillor John Smyth what Post Office’s plans were for the Antrim branch, Mr Gibson stated: “It’s not closing.”
He referred to his last meeting with council a year ago, at which time he spoke of plans for Post Office to try and find a retail partner for the Antrim branch.
Mr Gibson advised that there were “a few interested parties” but that before any decision was taken it would be put out for public consultation.
He explained that a retail partner may want to relocate elsewhere in the town, or they may want to remain in the current premises in the Castle Mall.
“Even if they move location they will be staying in the town centre,” Mr Gibson said.
He added: “And we will have a six-week consultation before any final decision is made.”
Councillor Neil Kelly said he was “reassured” that the Antrim branch will remain in the town centre.
“It needs to be in the town centre, particularly for the likes of older people,” Cllr. Kelly said. Mr Gibson said Post Office was “very aware of that” and emphasised: “Antrim will not be closing.”
Speaking after the meeting, Cllr. Smyth said he welcomed the commitments made by Mr Gibson.
“It is very reassuring to hear that the Antrim town branch will not be closed,” Cllr. Smyth said.
His comments were shared by Councillor Adrian Watson who said he hoped the Post Office would remain within the Castle Mall.
“It needs to be in the town centre, but I feel that, more importantly, it needs to remain in the Castle Mall,” Cllr. Watson added.