Mail delivery office set for relocation

Opening of the new Royal Mail delivery office in Bispham
Opening of the new Royal Mail delivery office in Bispham
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A Fylde coast mail delivery office could be set to close with jobs being transferred to another office.

Royal Mail is considering shutting its delivery centre on Bispham Road in Cleveleys and relocating the 56 staff to the £7m delivery office which opened in Hawking Place, Bispham, last year (pictured).

Talks are being held about the proposal with the Communication Workers Union.

Royal Mail says the lease on the existing building expires in early 2017 and the building is not fit for purpose.

A spokesman said: “This is part of Royal Mail’s ongoing transformation, as well as providing delivery offices that are fit for purpose for our people 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.”

The company says no job losses are expected and customers would continue to be served by their current postmen and women.

If the move goes ahead, it is anticipated it would happen in February or March next year.

The spokesman added: “Before any move goes ahead, detailed planning would take place to help ensure a smooth transition for our operations, our people and the service we provide to our customers.”

One of the options is the retention of a mail collection point in Cleveleys, although customers can already make other arrangements such as enabling neighbours to take in parcels for them if they are out when a delivery is made.

Customers can also arrange a redelivery free of charge on a day that is convenient for them (including Saturdays), or Royal Mail can deliver the item to a different address within the same postcode area.

The Bispham Royal Mail delivery centre opened in October 2015 and saw the relocation of 260 workers from the Abingdon Street delivery centre in Blackpool, as well as 41 workers from the Poulton delivery office.