Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 2°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Great Finborough: Royal Mail told to install post box urgently as village is still without rural lifeline

06:00 26 July 2014

Royal Mail has come underfire from Great Finborough Parish Council. Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Royal Mail has come underfire from Great Finborough Parish Council. Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Concerns are being raised that a village’s main post box will not be replaced because Royal Mail is cutting costs.

shares

That is the claim made by Great Finborough’s parish council chairman, Norman Vendittelli, as the village near Stowmarket, has now been without the post box for more than seven weeks.
He said: “Of the 360 or so properties in this village this centrally sited post box serves well over 300.
“With a bus service that only operates two days a week this post box is essential especially, but not only, to those who have no personal transport or are too old or infirm to make a long journey into the town. Many local businesses also rely on the post box.
“The parish council remains very concerned that Royal Mail does not intend to replace this box because it is exploiting the opportunity as a cost cutting exercise. Royal Mail: get your finger out and fulfil your responsibility to reinstate the essential community service you have wilfully withdrawn in breach of your duties.”
John Matthissen, district councillor for the village, said he wanted progress “in the next 48 hours”.
He added that the two nearest post boxes were each around a mile away from the village centre.
A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: “All searches have now been completed and a new box has been ordered for the site requested. It can take up to six weeks for a box to be installed. Customers can use the other post boxes in the meantime.
“Royal Mail is compliant with the Ofcom criteria, where in the UK, 98.4% of households are within half a mile of a post box.”
She added that many post boxes contained “little or no mail” but Royal Mail was “committed” to maintaining the 115,000 boxes nationwide.

shares

1 comment

  • The Royal Mail says a new post box is to be installed. End of (non) story.

    Report this comment

    Robotix

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The junior doctors strike at West Suffolk Hospital in bury.

A Suffolk hospital boss has denied supporting the imposing of a contract on junior doctors after his name appeared on the “key” letter that led to the decision.

Stock image.

A fire believed to have been caused by a mobile phone overheating under a quilt “destroyed” a bedroom in Colchester on Friday night.

Poilce investigation work at the scene of the accident on the A12 at Martlesham Heath.

A 20-month-old little girl died on Friday afternoon after a crash on the A12 in Martlesham on Thursday.

Vernon Wilkes' Rolex.

A Rolex watch bought in Canada during the Second World War could sell for double its actual worth at auction next week because of a letter from a former owner.

Former footballer Marcus Bent. Pic: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Former Ipswich Town footballer Marcus Bent has escaped being sent to jail as he was sentenced for confronting two officers with a meat cleaver and a kitchen knife while in a “delusional” state under the influence of cocaine.

UCS Clearing possible cover

Just a few months into their course they helped people with life-threatening conditions, unwell patients and, on one occasion, even helped to deliver a baby.

Most read

Fred Olsen Travel Sale

cover

Click here to view
the Fred Olsen
Travel Sale

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24