Offices in Leigh, Shoebury, Great Wakering, Rochford and Canewdon under threat

Southend Standard: Thousands of people fight plans to close Royal Mail delivery offices Thousands of people fight plans to close Royal Mail delivery offices

THOUSANDS of concerned residents have pledged their support to keep a busy delivery office open.

More than 2,500 people have signed a petition against cost-cutting plans to shut Leigh delivery office in London Road.

Leigh on Sea Town Council have also thrown their weight behind the bid to keep the building open.

Stephen Ryan, who works as a postman at the delivery office, is heading up the campaign.

Mr Ryan, 52, said locals feel very strongly about the plans and petitions were in 15 separate locations around the town.

He said: “The potential impact on delivery services will be worthy of consideration, particularly in severe weather conditions. Driving to Southend is a nightmare, the area around Short Street is particularly difficult area to drive around.

“When people go into Southend it might take business away from Leigh.”

Five branches, Leigh, Shoebury, Great Wakering, Canewdon and Rochford, are threatened with closure which means customers will face longer journeys into Southend’s Short Street office to pick up missed mail and packages.

Councillor Carole Mulroney echoed her support.

She said: “I wholeheartedly support what you are saying.

“We are a major town centre, we are not a little village, we have got a fairly elderly population which means they may not be able to get into Southend.
“I think we should go as strongly as we can to object to this.”

Campaigns have also been launched in the other towns affected by the proposals.

Royal Mail say no final decisions have been made and it would minimise disruption to customers and ensure a high level service.

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11:31am Fri 9 Nov 12

RobertFS says...

how do i get to sign the petition?
is there a website?
how do i get to sign the petition? is there a website? RobertFS

11:31am Fri 9 Nov 12

perini says...

Royal Mail say no final decisions have been made and it would minimise disruption to customers and ensure a high level service.
How can a minimum of a 30 minute drive to Southend be 'minimising disruption to customers and ensuring a high level of service?' Total nonsense! Stop b*ggering about with things that aren't broken and sort your inefficiencies out first.
Royal Mail say no final decisions have been made and it would minimise disruption to customers and ensure a high level service. How can a minimum of a 30 minute drive to Southend be 'minimising disruption to customers and ensuring a high level of service?' Total nonsense! Stop b*ggering about with things that aren't broken and sort your inefficiencies out first. perini

11:34am Fri 9 Nov 12

RobertFS says...

by the way i don't do facebook!
by the way i don't do facebook! RobertFS

12:15pm Fri 9 Nov 12

notinwestcliffanymore says...

just last week royal mail announced increases in the amount of parcels it delivers due to ebay and amazon and such like, seems ridiculous to now shut the office's used to pick up the parcels. Unless they are going to deliver in the evening when workers are at home THAT would make more sense.
just last week royal mail announced increases in the amount of parcels it delivers due to ebay and amazon and such like, seems ridiculous to now shut the office's used to pick up the parcels. Unless they are going to deliver in the evening when workers are at home THAT would make more sense. notinwestcliffanymore

12:22pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

Cheap cheap cheap that is all we hear these days it does not matter however much we improve, economiise, or save it is never enough.
Cheap cheap cheap that is all we hear these days it does not matter however much we improve, economiise, or save it is never enough. Brunning999

12:22pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

Cheap cheap cheap that is all we hear these days it does not matter however much we improve, economiise, or save it is never enough.
Cheap cheap cheap that is all we hear these days it does not matter however much we improve, economiise, or save it is never enough. Brunning999

2:57pm Fri 9 Nov 12

shoeburylad says...

RobertFS wrote:
how do i get to sign the petition?
is there a website?
The Shoebury petition can be signed at: http://www.change.or
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The Leigh petition can be signed at: http://www.change.or
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I have just put my signature onto the Shoebury one.
[quote][p][bold]RobertFS[/bold] wrote: how do i get to sign the petition? is there a website?[/p][/quote]The Shoebury petition can be signed at: http://www.change.or g/en-GB/petitions/ro yal-mail-stop-the-un wanted-closure-of-sh oebury-delivery-offi ce The Leigh petition can be signed at: http://www.change.or g/petitions/post-off ice-withdraw-the-thr eat-of-the-sorting-o ffice-closure-at-lei gh-on-sea-essex?utm_ campaign=petition_cr eated_email&utm_medi um=email&utm_source= guides I have just put my signature onto the Shoebury one. shoeburylad

3:34pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

shoeburylad wrote:
RobertFS wrote:
how do i get to sign the petition?
is there a website?
The Shoebury petition can be signed at: http://www.change.or

g/en-GB/petitions/ro

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The Leigh petition can be signed at: http://www.change.or

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I have just put my signature onto the Shoebury one.
Thank you for the Leigh link .....
[quote][p][bold]shoeburylad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RobertFS[/bold] wrote: how do i get to sign the petition? is there a website?[/p][/quote]The Shoebury petition can be signed at: http://www.change.or g/en-GB/petitions/ro yal-mail-stop-the-un wanted-closure-of-sh oebury-delivery-offi ce The Leigh petition can be signed at: http://www.change.or g/petitions/post-off ice-withdraw-the-thr eat-of-the-sorting-o ffice-closure-at-lei gh-on-sea-essex?utm_ campaign=petition_cr eated_email&utm_ medi um=email&utm_sou rce= guides I have just put my signature onto the Shoebury one.[/p][/quote]Thank you for the Leigh link ..... Olivia2847

5:17pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

Double or nothing today !
Double or nothing today ! Brunning999

1:12am Sat 10 Nov 12

Cockle says...

Think that some people need to make up their minds what they do want.

Petitions to save the Leigh premises this week, a couple of weeks back the residents were complaining about Royal Mail vans parking in Belfairs Drive and wanted them removed. Royal Mail have obviously taken those concerns onboard and decided on the radical solution and now all the residents of Belfairs Drive will have no problems with Royal Mail vans in their road, sadly all the other residents of Leigh will have more inconvenient lives.

People really should be careful of what they wish for.......
Think that some people need to make up their minds what they do want. Petitions to save the Leigh premises this week, a couple of weeks back the residents were complaining about Royal Mail vans parking in Belfairs Drive and wanted them removed. Royal Mail have obviously taken those concerns onboard and decided on the radical solution and now all the residents of Belfairs Drive will have no problems with Royal Mail vans in their road, sadly all the other residents of Leigh will have more inconvenient lives. People really should be careful of what they wish for....... Cockle

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