Support wanted to stop closure of Holbeach sorting office

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PEOPLE are being urged to write to Royal Mail opposing the closure of Holbeach Sorting Office.

As reported in last week’s Spalding Guardian, Royal Mail plans to close the sorting office on Barrington Gate and relocate the operation to Spalding by next summer.

A for sale board has gone up on the building, which is thought to employ about 30 people.

At a meeting of the parish council on Monday, chairman Coun Rita Rudkin urged people who are against the proposal to write directly to Royal Mail.

She said: “The cases of hardship will be numerous as many people will not be able to get to Spalding to collect their undelivered mail.

“The whole thing shows a total disregard for the needs of rural people.”

Speaking after the meeting, Coun Valery Gemmell said: “There is a risk of jobs being lost as I understand that after the move, rounds will be doubled up

“Vans will have to be used to deliver the post, which will take longer., meaning it could be late afternoon before some people receive their post.

“Changing from bicycles to vans to deliver the mail is not good for carbon emissions and neither is the fact that people will have to travel from in cars to collect their undelivered mail as the Spalding sorting office is not on a bus route.”

Coun Gemmell is suggesting people write individual letters as these have more effect than a petition.

In a statement, Royal Mail said moving the Holbeach operation, which delivers mail to customers in the PE12 postcode area, will provide improved working conditions, secure employment and a more cost effective operation.

The decision has gone ahead despite local postal workers have been fighting the proposals, backed by Holbeach Parish Council.

Royal Mail says there will be no compulsory redundancies as a result of this change and it will reimburse its people for any extra mileage incurred as a result of the move.

The company says it will be planning for the move in the coming months and considerations will include how customers can collect undelivered mail.