Hundreds sign petition against possible closure of Sheffield mail office

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A campaign against the potential closure of a postal sorting office in Sheffield has been launched.

Royal Mail says it is considering the possibility of relocating Sheffield South West Delivery Office on Ecclesall Road to the city centre office and no decision has been made as staff and trade unions are being consulted.

But hundreds of people have signed an online petition against the idea.

“The local sorting office is an essential service for the area”, said Marilyn Tsiorvas.

“It is easily accessible for both drivers and non drivers and in the centre of the community.”

The same delivery office was threatened with closure ten years ago because of problems with mail vans having to park in a bus lane, but alternative parking was eventually found.

Ecclesall Coun Shaffaq Mohammed said: “The office is a vital part of the community.

“It serves a large area and anybody who uses it will now have to go into town which is not convenient and there isn’t free parking.”

Royal Mail said the proposal was part of the ‘ongoing transformation’ of its business, as well as providing delivery offices that were ‘fit for purpose.’

There will be no compulsory redundancies if it goes ahead.

A spokesman added: “No final decision has been made and we are committed to continuing to provide a first class service to all customers. As a commercial business, we are operating in a market where letters are in structural decline and where there is competition in letters and parcels. We expect any move will have a minimal impact on customers.

“Whenever a delivery office move goes ahead, we always consider alternative parcel pick up facilities and offer customers alternative means of receiving undelivered items, including delivery to a neighbour, re-delivery to the addressee, to another address specified by the customer, six days a week.”