MP Hails Sorting Office news as Common sense

Posted on 26 September 2012 (Permalink)

Graham Allen MP welcomed today’s news that the Bulwell Sorting Office is not to close for the foreseeable future as “excellent news and a breath of common sense.”

Royal Mail had proposed to close the Bulwell Sorting Office on Highbury Vale forcing everyone to travel to either Glaisdale Drive or Arnold to pick up missed deliveries. This triggered a big campaign run by the Bulwell Labour Party with the support of the local Labour Councillors and the Member of Parliament.

Last November it seemed that the Royal Mail had made up their minds and the coalition Government who were set on privatisation simply weren’t interested. This triggered a lot of local concern and anger. Graham, alongside local Councillors, collected over 300 signatures. He was particularly concerned about how the decision would affect disabled and elderly constituents, after one described  her difficulty in getting to the door in time for the postman and could not face catching two buses in each direction with a half mile walk each way just to fetch a package.

Graham was extremely pleased by the announcement, saying “Today’s news is indeed a breath of common sense and thanks are due to the public who backed the campaign, the Councillors who lobbied tirelessly and the Communication Workers Union who mobilised their members to fight this penny pinching proposal.”

He has warned constituents that “although the present crisis is over we must be careful to ensure the bean-counters don’t once again try for closure.”