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Ilford North MP slams decision to relocate South Woodford delivery office to Chingford

PUBLISHED: 11:45 18 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:45 18 August 2017

Rob Mellor with Ilford MP Wes Streeting.

Rob Mellor with Ilford MP Wes Streeting.

Jay Asher

The South Woodford delivery office is moving to Chingford and MP for Ilford North Wes Streeting has slammed the decision.

In a letter sent to the parliament member, Royal Mail said operations would be relocated as soon as September 25.

The announcement follows the loss of the delivery office in Woodford Green in 2015.

“It’s frankly ridiculous that local residents in the Woodford area will now have to go all the way to Chingford to collect their parcels if they happen to be out when Royal Mail delivers them,” Mr Streeting told the Recorder.

“I know this will be incredibly frustrating to many people who rely on the services provided by the delivery office, particularly older residents who will now have to travel further to collect parcels.

“Whilst this is unacceptable, I’d like to thank our hardworking post staff for their service to our community”

In the correspondence addressed to the MP, Royal Mail said if residents happen to be out at the time of delivery they do not necessary have to pick up their parcel from Chingford but can collect it from a neighbour or schedule re-delivery to their house, including on Saturdays.

“This move has been driven by a need to improve the facilities and safety standards for our people,” said Michael Hogg, senior public affair manager.

“South Woodford delivery office is no longer suitable for the number of parcels we handle and does not have sufficient parking spaces for our vehicles nor any customer parking. Chingford delivery office has the ability to cater for the needs of delivering the modern postbag.”

Mr Hogg wrote that he would like to reassure Mr Streeting’s constituents living in the E18 postcode that they will continue to be service by the same postmen and women, however if they wanted to collect a missed parcel delivery they would need to drive to Chingford.

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