A letter was recently delivered (but not to all the occupants of the 90 household Grange Estate) telling them that their post would not be delivered until further notice saying that "our postman has come across an accident in the area due to uneven pathways (and) he sustained serious injuries due to the incident". They say that "this exceptional step has to be taken in order to safeguard the health and safety of Royal Mail employees and that an internal health and safety risk assessment will be undertaken to assess whether there is an unacceptable level of risk associated with the delivery".
Royal Mail have told these 90 households they will have to COLLECT their mail from their Stafford Delivery Office and gave them a WRONG phone number if they wished to make further enquiries. A private house in Stoke on Trent received many angry phone calls as a result of their mistake.
So if you are waiting for appointments to visit the Hospital, or are expecting any urgent mail, then you have to travel daily to Stafford (during their working hours) to collect it. AND you have to take with you proof of identity.
As one resident said "there are dozens of uneven pathways elsewhere on the pavements of Penkridge and many other towns, villages and cities in the country. Does this mean we can expect many of Postal Delivery Services to be withdrawn? How will the hospital sending out an emergency appointment know that it won't get there within a couple of days and they may well not receive it until after the appointment."
THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE AND MANY OF THE RESIDENTS ARE OFFICIALLY APPEALING, WRITING TO THEIR MP AND TO THEIR LOCAL COUNCILLORS, ASKING THEM TO TAKE ACTION ON THEIR BEHALF.
No wonder many of us now use other forms of communication (e.g. Email, Text Messaging, and Phone calls), instead of our once excellent Royal Mail Service. Now, the only things that arrive daily is the rubbish mail - the majority of which immediately goes into the recycling container. When you are out of job Royal Mail Postmen, you can always get a job with the Recycling Firms - collecting post instead of delivering it!
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