Following continued pressure from Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps, Post Office Ltd has apologised for the length of time taken to restore a service to Welwyn Garden City.

Grant contacted the Post Office again this week for an update, and a spokesperson has confirmed that they are progressing an applicant for the Post Office service in WGC. A finalised proposal will be shared with customers soon.

The Post Office in Howardsgate closed abruptly in October last year, leaving many residents without access to essential postal services. Grant has been fighting to reopen a post office in the city, and his petition calling on Post Office Ltd to reintroduce a post office service has been signed by nearly 1000 local residents. He is preparing to present the petition to Post Office Ltd.

A Post Office Ltd spokesperson said: “I’m sorry that restoring a service has taken some time to progress and for the inconvenience caused to our customers”.

Grant said: “Since the loss of the post office in Welwyn Garden City last year, I have kept up the pressure to have one reopened. I know that many residents depend on the services they provide, and I am pleased that we now appear to be close to having the service restored. I will be pressing Post Office Ltd to share the details of their proposal as soon as possible, and will continue to fight to have a branch reinstated in WGC.”