PLANS to reinstate a Derrington post box removed nearly a year ago have been returned to sender after Royal Mail decided its location presented a health and safety risk to staff.
John Lane of Long Lane, Derrington first contacted the Newsletter in June after becoming frustrated in his efforts to track down the post box, removed from outside his home for repair.
Mr Dyche said: “They told me they removed it because the wooden post was rotten and needed to be replaced.
He said the post box was used regularly by villagers as well as peo- ple from surrounding areas en-route to and from Stafford.
He said the three quarters of a mile to the nearest alternative box was just too far for some of the village’s elderly residents.
In June, after Mr Dyche delivered a petition signed by more than 60 local people calling for the return of the facility, a spokesman for Royal Mail said it would be reinstated within the next couple of weeks.
However, nearly six months later, Mr Dyche said the post box had still not been reinstated and his numerous calls to Royal Mail to find out why had been met with a confusing number of different responses.
“I’ve heard it was removed because the supporting post was rotten, because of lack of use, because it was in a dangerous location and because it was involved in a road traffic collision,” said Mr Dyche.
“And they’ve told me the failure to reinstate it was because the hole had been filled in, because they needed to liaise with the gas and electric board to make sure there are no underground utilities of concern, because of lack of use, because the post was in an ‘unsafe’ site - even though it’s been in that location for more than 48 years.
“There has been a total lack of consistency.”
Royal Mail spokesman Val Bodden told the Newsletter the postbox had been removed for a number of reasons including that it had been involved in a collision on two occasions in the past.
“This is a long country road with no footpaths and we have to be aware of the health and safety of our staff collecting from the postbox and for the safety of people posting, before a new location can be decided,” she said.
“Our Royal Mail collection manager is however willing to meet interested parties to consider options for a safe and suitable site to install a post box for the benefit of the local community.”
Mr Dyche said he would be happy to meet with a representative from Royal Mail to discuss the matter.