Post depot could close

NILABE110719b1, Ilkeston post office sorting office, Manners industrial estate.
NILABE110719b1, Ilkeston post office sorting office, Manners industrial estate.

JOBS are safe and customers will not have to travel to Derby to pick up parcels if proposals to move delivery staff from Royal Mail’s Ilkeston depot get the go ahead, according to a company spokesman.

Concerned staff contacted the Advertiser this week about the plans which will see all 92 workers at the Manners Road depot relocated to the Derby delivery office on Midland Road.

A postman, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s outrageous but none of us are surprised.

“There’s been talk of this for ages but it’s the first time it’s been said officially.

“The workforce will all have to collect post from Derby now before our rounds in Ilkeston and Heanor.

“They’re saying it’s a consultation but we all know it’s going to happen.

“And what about customers who aren’t in when parcels are delivered?

“They won’t be able to pick them up in Ilkeston when we’re gone.”

But Royal Mail said this week that they will be looking for a location in Ilkeston so people could still pick up their undelivered items locally.

A spokesman for the company said: “The number of items posted each year in the Midlands has fallen by more than 400 million since 2006.

“With the number expected to fall by a further 500 million items by 2015, the modernisation programme, and the formal proposals on which Royal Mail are consulting, have been created with a view to ensuring the successful future of the business.”

The proposals are part of a midlands-wide shake up.

Lee Barron, regional secretary for the Communication Workers’ Union said: “Without shadow of a doubt these proposals will have a massive effect on our members and Royal Mail workers.

“They will be forced to travel further to pick up post for their rounds and if the move is given the go ahead our main aim will be to make sure they are compensated financially for the changes but that won’t be the only way they are affected and we believe local offices should remain open.

“Royal Mail have said they will make arrangements so that customers don’t have to travel to Derby to collect undelivered items but that can only happen if local Post Offices agree to accept parcels and other items there.”