Cash office closing plan by Caerphilly Council to be reconsidered
Plans to close council Customer First and cash offices are to be reconsidered after opposition from residents.
Ruling Plaid Cymru councillors had wanted to close six of seven council cash offices to save £2m.
Offices in Blackwood, Pontlottyn and the council headquarters in Ystrad Mynach, as well as smaller sites in Risca, Newbridge, Bargoed and Caerphilly all faced an uncertain future.
However, after a campaign by locals and opposition Labour councillors the council has decided to keep face-to-face services in Pontlottyn, Blackwood, Newbridge and Ystrad Mynach.
In Risca, Bargoed and Caerphilly, cash office functions will be transferred to local libraries.
Labour councillor Gerald Jones said: “Plaid’s proposals to close these offices would have been a direct cut to frontline services and would have caused great inconvenience to local residents.
“In addition, it would have been a blow for town and village centres such as Bargoed and Pontlottyn.
Plaid councillor Colin Mann, deputy leader and cabinet member for corporate finance and sustainability, said: “We understand the importance of a face-to-face presence on the high street and it is very pleasing to see that these facilities are valued so highly.
“If agreed, the revised recommendations contained in this new report will provide improved services for our residents in the heart of their communities.”Follow @CaerphillyObsvr