Royal Mail delays service closures in Southend

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THE impending closures of five postal delivery offices have been delayed indefinitely, the Echo can reveal.

Royal Mail planned to shut its bases in Shoebury and Great Wakering on Monday, followed by Leigh on March 4 and Rochford and Canewdon on March 25.

Their services would then be amalgamated into the company’s central branch in Southend’s Short Street.

However, James Duddridge, the Tory MP for Rochford and Southend East, told the Echo those closures had now been put on ice.

He added: “I have received confirmation that Shoebury and Great Wakering delivery offices will not close on February 11, as originally planned and publicly announced.

“The closures of Rochford and Leigh delivery offices have also been delayed.

“I am meeting the chief executive of Royal Mail in Parliament next week and no delivery office in the Southend area will close prior to this meeting.”

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8:38am Thu 7 Feb 13

Shoebury_Cyclist says...

Good. This was always a foolish decision by Royal Mail. Perhaps they will now realise centralising parcel collections to Short Street would mean a huge reduction in services for many thousands of people.
Good. This was always a foolish decision by Royal Mail. Perhaps they will now realise centralising parcel collections to Short Street would mean a huge reduction in services for many thousands of people. Shoebury_Cyclist
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11:18am Thu 7 Feb 13

Ivanna Goodhump says...

I very much doubt the closures have been "put on ice".

Work continues apace within Short Street to accommodate the relocated staff and the delay is probably due to hold ups in the alterations.
I very much doubt the closures have been "put on ice". Work continues apace within Short Street to accommodate the relocated staff and the delay is probably due to hold ups in the alterations. Ivanna Goodhump
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12:48pm Sat 9 Feb 13

A.I.K. says...

Shoeburys move was put back to the 25th Feb about a month ago! Keep up Echo!
Shoeburys move was put back to the 25th Feb about a month ago! Keep up Echo! A.I.K.
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6:08pm Sat 9 Feb 13

jolllyboy says...

Delayed not stopped. I dont see why the Leigh one cannot be moved into Leigh main postoffice.
Delayed not stopped. I dont see why the Leigh one cannot be moved into Leigh main postoffice. jolllyboy
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