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Marple delivery office closure

Diane Inglis

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MarpleBredburyHazel GroveMP William WraggSave our Delivery OfficesRoyal MailGreen LaneStockport

A year-long battle to save Marple and Bredbury postal delivery offices may have come to an end with the announcement by Royal Mail that both offices will close early next year.

Staff and local customers campaigned hard to keep the offices open, with more than 3,000 signatures on the Save our Delivery Offices petition organised by Hazel Grove MP William Wragg last summer.

But despite everyone’s best efforts, Royal Mail issued a statement on July 3 announcing that the Bredbury office, on George Lane, will shut in January 2018, and Marple’s Chapel Fields office, the following month.

No compulsory redundancies are planned and the 84 staff from the two offices will move to the main office at Green Lane Stockport where most of the borough’s post is now handled.

According to the statement: “Royal Mail has confirmed it is to relocate its delivery operations in Marple and Bredbury to its office in Stockport in January and February 2018. This follows detailed discussions with the Communication Workers Union and our people who are based at both offices. 

“This is part of Royal Mail’s ongoing transformation of its business and work to increase the efficiency of its operation as well as providing delivery offices that are fit for purpose for our staff and for our customers.

“As a commercial business, Royal Mail is responding to the huge growth in electronic communications and decline in letter volumes, while seeing a high volume of parcels and online shopping which need to be delivered to customers.”

According to the company, missed parcel deliveries will be able to be collected from Marple Post Office or deliveries will be able to be rearranged.

William Wragg, who worked hard to save both offices, is disappointed by the decision and told the Review: “I am of course disappointed that Royal Mail have decided to press ahead with the closure of the two delivery offices despite strong local opposition. They provide a service that is very convenient, and each employ dozens of local people. I had hoped the strength of local feeling may have persuaded Royal Mail to take a different course of action.

“I am however pleased that, by honouring the commitment Royal Mail’s Chief Executive gave to me personally last year, there will be no compulsory redundancies, and that alternative arrangements will be available to collect mail locally,” he added.

However, the Communication Workers Union, which represents many of the postal workers, feels that the fight is not over as the Royal Mail has not as yet come up with a plan as to how the move will work, with regards to space to park extra vehicles at Green Lane and other issues.

Dave Kennedy, CWU’s branch secretary at Stockport, said: “We still haven’t been given any realistic plan that will work. We have been told that details will be issued in the near future but we have been waiting since last August for this so we are in effect in a sort of stalemate.

“We are waiting to see the details but will not put up with any move that will not work and feel that despite the Royal Mail’s recent announcement, they are no further on than they were last year,” he concluded.