Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, will be presenting a petition signed by over 5,000 local people from Guisborough and the East Cleveland area, and calling for the retention of the Guisborough Royal Mail Postal Centre in the town. He will be presenting the petition and speaking to it on the floor of the House of Commons tomorrow night (the 9th November 2011).
This centre has been threatened with closure and its facilities being transferred to Redcar.
Tom said “Local people and local businesses, rightly, are concerned that this will mean a worse postal service in general – especially in bad weather – and that they will have to make up to a 10 mile round trip to pick up parcels or registered mail that could not be delivered as they were out when the postman or woman called.”
“Since this proposal was announced by the Royal Mail Group a petition sponsored by the Communication Workers Union has gone round the town and has been signed by over 5,000 people, a protest rally has been held and the backing of the local football club was given in a match sponsored by the club and dedicated to keeping the centre open.”
“This proposal, alas, is all part of a piece with the dismemberment of the Post Office and Royal Mail network, with the government only seemingly interested in preparing it for privatisation and a rapid sell off to overseas predators.”
“All this comes only a year after Vince Cable and Ed Davey, ministers of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, put their names to what they called the “Securing the Post Office Network in the Digital Age”. Some securing, as we have seen mail cutbacks across the country, and with the Post Office business across the country losing contracts for benefit transfer payments. Now, in the same week as I am putting in this petition, we see the loss of the National Savings Bank link with local post offices with the effect that up to 2,600,000 people may no longer operate their accounts through a local Post Office branch.”
“The writing may look like it is on the wall, but I am still fighting to keep Royal Mail facilities open in Guisborough, and with the backing of local people and the Communication Workers Union who represent the loyal staff at the centre, we can still win that victory.”