Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 14°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Sudbury: Pleas for Royal Mail to reinstate postbox

09:00 06 February 2013

Cllr John Sayers and residents with their petition asking for a post box to be re-instated on the corner of Chaucer Road

Cllr John Sayers and residents with their petition asking for a post box to be re-instated on the corner of Chaucer Road

Archant

SINCE their postbox disappeared without warning last September, the people living on a Sudbury housing estate have mounted a spirited challenge to win it back.

shares

The protesters from Chaucer Estate have collected 270 signatures and written 40 letters asking for the postbox to be reinstated on the corner of Melford Road and Chaucer Road.

About 1,000 people who live on and around the estate used the postbox, which was taken out because it stood on private property. It was particularly missed during the busy Christmas period because many people had to walk a quarter of a mile to the nearest alternative box.

Edith Halliday, who lives on the estate, said: “I used to work for the post office and this box was always full up by the end of the day. The closest postbox to us now is Priory Road but you can’t park anywhere near there and a lot of older people are simply not able to walk that far.

“People wrongly assume that we all send emails these days rather than posting letters, but many of us don’t even own a computer.”

Sudbury councillor John Sayers has taken up the case.

He has written to Royal Mail “dozens of times” but so far has been unable to secure a “straight answer”.

David Riddlestone, who lives nearby, said people felt the Royal Mail was “fobbing them off”.

He added: “It has now been nearly five months since the postbox was taken away and we understand why the decision was taken to remove it.

“But our complaint is that despite numerous letters and pleas, we still haven’t been given a straight answer as to whether they intend to replace it or not.”

A Royal Mail spokesman said installing a new postbox required significant groundwork and in some cases, planning permission.

A convenient alternative site that can be easily reached by delivery vehicles also has to be found.

A customer adviser for Royal Mail told one resident they had been unable to reach an agreement with the local council for re-siting the box.

She said the Royal Mail collections team would need to assess a policy which states that, as a minimum in each postcode area where there are no less than 200 delivery points per square kilometre, at least 99% of postal service users should be within 500 metres of a post box.

She added: “If the current facilities are sufficient, the postbox will not be reinstated.”

shares

0 comments

Firefighters have tackled a blaze in Saxon Road, Saxmundham

Fire crews have tackled a blaze at a house in Saxmundham which left the occupants temporarily homeless.

Hannah Witheridge, picture released by her family.

The family of a University of Essex student brutally killed in Thailand have travelled to the country for the trial of two men accused of murdering her.

UK Power Networks.

A fault on an underground electricity cable caused 404 homes to experience power cuts in Essex this evening.

Police investigating after a burglary.

More than one in 10 house burglaries in Essex are repeat raids on an already targeted home, new figures have revealed.

The travellers in Grange Farm, Kesgrave

A county councillor has said the provision for travellers in Suffolk is “100% untenable”.

Ambulance called to a crash in Essex.

A woman was freed from her car and taken to hospital after colliding with a lorry in Halstead.

A visualisation of the new high school at Moreton Hall.

Educationalists have welcomed the announcement that a west Suffolk-based trust has been put forward to sponsor a new high school in Bury St Edmunds.

Police investigate the scene of an accident on the corner of Prospect Road and Bramford Road.

A young child is being treated for suspected head injuries after colliding with a car in Ipswich.

Brown bins are used for garden waste, but there could soon be a charge

Hundreds of thousands of Suffolk households could have to pay £50 a year if they want to continue to recycle their garden waste through the brown bin scheme.

Dancers Crystal Main and Bruce Lait

Professional dancer Crystal Main said her passion for her art has helped her to overcome the psychological trauma of 7/7.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages