Proposed closure of Holbeck Delivery Office

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I took part in today's Westminster Hall debate on Royal Mail delivery offices to raise the proposed closure of the Holbeck Delivery Office.  Watch my intervention here https://goo.gl/T9FdZY.

As many of you will know, Royal Mail has announced that it wants to close the Holbeck delivery office on New Princess Street and move operations to the mail processing unit on the Wellington Bridge industrial estate close to the Armley gyratory.

As usual, it’s justified by improved “efficiency” - I sometimes wish organisations could just say that it’s about saving money – but the wording that really caught my eye was when Royal Mail claimed that the closure would “improve facilities for our customers in the LS11 postcode area”. I’m afraid that’s going to provoke a bit of a hollow laugh on the part of local people who can currently go to New Princess Street to pick up a parcel, but in future will have to travel much further away. Indeed, I would say that for most LS11 residents this will be anything but an improvement. We all know that the number of letters being posted is declining but the number of parcels being sent is increasing - up 12% nationally last year reflecting the increased popularity of online shopping. But unless you have a very large letterbox or a neighbour who is in a lot, it really does matter how easy it is to go and pick up your item because you were out when it was delivered. That’s why having a delivery office closer to home is important.

Come on Royal Mail – think again.

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