Fears raised over plan to relocate mail office

Post Office on Abingdon Street in Blackpool.
Post Office on Abingdon Street in Blackpool.
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The relocation of Blackpool’s main delivery office could make it more difficult for residents to collect their undelivered mail, one of the town’s MPs has warned.

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden has called for a meeting with the director of North West Royal Mail to discuss concerns over the proposals to move the Blackpool and South Shore delivery office, along with the Poulton office, to a new site at Bispham Technology Park.

He said: “Royal Mail needs to assure to me and its workers that there will be no job losses, loss of hours and downgrading of roles.

“As well as this I strongly feel any plans to relocate to outside of the town will disproportionately penalise the elderly and disabled members of Blackpool, and could affect the service they provide to all of my constituents.

“They have informed me there will be free parking, including free parking for the disabled on site - however Blackpool has one of the lowest levels of car ownership in the country and this is something that Royal Mail has not considered.

“They are completely dismissing the Abingdon Street building, which as well as being of historical importance, has been centrally located and convenient for many people going into the town centre.”

A spokesman said, “Royal Mail fully acknowledges the concerns Mr Marsden has raised on behalf of his constituents and will seek a meeting with him to discuss these issues in detail as soon as diaries permit.”