Yeovil Post Office closed for good
In October 2022 the Post Office at Glenville Road in Yeovil shut for “operational reasons”. The Post Office has never been willing to tell the local community what those reasons were. However The Leveller® understands that they were conducting a detailed audit at the Post Office.
At the time it was made clear that this was a temporary closure. In a statement to The Leveller® the Post Office told us: “We are looking to restore service as soon as possible.“
Glenville Road is important not just to the community it serves but also to a number of villages too. Glenville Road Post Office provided outreach services at Chilthorne Domer, Tintinhull, Odcombe, Melbury Osmond and the Mobile Post Office services at Corton Denham, Charlton Horethorne, North Cadbury and Buckorn Weston.
The Leveller has been back to the Post Office on a number of occasions to ask when the Post Office was to reopen. Today however they have confirmed the closure is to be permanent. In a statement to The Leveller they told us: “Post Office has a responsibility for network provision across the UK and we must prioritise our limited funding and resources to support the branch network. Last month, Post Office completed a review of service provision in Yeovil that considers access to services, distance to nearby branches, and customer usage. Consequently, we will not be reopening a branch in Glenville Road. Post Office apologises to customers who are travelling further to access services. There are five Post Offices within two miles, the closest is Hundredstone, which is less than a mile away and other branches are at Cavalier Way, Yeovil, Orchard Street and Yeovil.“
We also asked them about the outreach service to the villages. The fate of these is less clear. They told us: “Glenville Road Post Office also used to provide outreach Post Office services to several local communities. A review is still underway to decide the best way to provide Post Office services to these affected communities.”