Ryhill residents are protesting after their village post office closed without a replacement.
The Ryhill Post Office, on Mill Lane, shut in the summer when the postmistress - who owned the building - retired. Residents say they were told a new post office would be opened but that this has not happened. They now have to use Havercroft Post Office, on Cow Lane.
Peter Jones, 66,of Cemetery Road, said: “A lot of old people are having to walk all the way down to Havercroft to pick up their pensions. I have to go for my parents as they are not mobile enough - it was fine when it was just a few hundred yards away. A lot of people don’t have anyone to help. We thought a new one would have been open by now. We just want to know what is happening.”
Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett said: “The residents of Ryhill have been very patient, enduring the busiest months of the year without a local post office. Quite rightly they are concerned about whether or not a post office will ever return to the village.”
A Post Office spokesperson said: “We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of Ryhill Post Office following the withdrawal of premises for Post Office use last March.
“We would like to reassure customers that we are working hard to restore the service to the community and are committed to maintaining services in the area.
“We have had some interest expressed in re-opening Ryhill Post Office but would be interested to hear from any retailer or small business owner interested in running the post office”
Anyone interested in running the post office should call 07753 930697.