Plans to close Holbeach delivery office

Closure plans: Barrington Gate delivery office in Holbeach could shut next summer under Royal Mail plans.
Closure plans: Barrington Gate delivery office in Holbeach could shut next summer under Royal Mail plans.
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HOLBEACH delivery office could be shut and its business transferred to Spalding under Royal Mail “modernisation” plans.

HOLBEACH delivery office could be shut and its business transferred to Spalding under Royal Mail “modernisation” plans.

The Barrington Gate office, which is thought to employ about 30 people, would close by next summer if plans being drawn up by bosses go through.

A postman who does one of the 21 rounds at the Holbeach office said workers fear it will have a big effect on the town and the surrounding area.

The postie, who asked to remain anonymous, said he fears post offices in Fleet and Holbeach will be unable to take undelivered parcels, meaning people who are not in when their post arrives may have to go to Spalding delivery office, which is off Enterprise Way and not on a bus route, to fetch larger packages.

The worker said: “It’s going to have a big impact on Holbeach. They’re taking jobs away and causing the community a lot of hassle.

“Holbeach is a dying town as it is. We want to see more rather than fewer jobs.”

The postman said he fears the move to Spalding could mean people in the eastern half of the district get their mail later.

A Royal Mail spokesman said: “We can confirm we are in the early stages of talking to our people about transferring Holbeach delivery operations to Spalding in mid-2012 as part of the ongoing modernisation of our business.

“Maintaining the high level of service that our customers expect and deserve will be at the heart of our plans.”

The spokesman said that it was too early to comment on the possibility of job losses at Holbeach or on where people will have to fetch their mail from.

Staff were told about the proposal last Tuesday.

Bourne delivery office recently fought off the threat of closure.

The postman who spoke to the Lincolnshire Free Press said he hoped Holbeach would rally together in a similar way to block the closure plans.

He said: “Bourne had all these problems but they are not moving. They created and created.

“We are going to get into that stage. We will be getting a petition.”