MAGOR Post Office is to stay open after January following talks to keep the service running.

The service had previously been put under pressure with the current postmaster planning to leave the position in January, leaving the position unfilled and the Post Office in danger.

Councillor Frances Taylor, independent county councillor for Magor, has been involved with the drive to keep the service described as “both well used and highly valued” running, especially after seeing other similar services close in recent years.

In a statement released last week, Cllr Taylor said: “Our post master has agreed to stay a little longer as there are currently people wishing to apply for the vacancy. At present there are people interested in running the post office in its current location.

“Post Office have decided to potentially change the classification of Magor Post Office from a local to a main.”

This means that the fee structure or payments people running the Post Office can get from Post Office are potentially more for a main post office, which could in turn might mean that Magor Post Office is more advantageous for someone to run and therefore it could generate more interest from applicants.

It also means that, for customers, there will be no downgrading of service.

“I think they were pretty overwhelmed with how much correspondence they received from local people. So it is not over and we need to keep informed but thanks to all of you who took an interest, wrote, came to the meeting, were in the photo, signed the petition,” Cllr Taylor continued.

“It’s not done and dusted but hopefully it will be. I will be keeping a close eye and will be meeting with Post Office in two weeks for an update.”