Royal Mail say snow is ‘too dangerous’ for post

Archery Fields residents David Howells and Anthony King cleared their paths for the postman, but he never came.'MHLC-22-01-13 no post Jan67''MHLC-22-01-13 no post Jan67
Archery Fields residents David Howells and Anthony King cleared their paths for the postman, but he never came.'MHLC-22-01-13 no post Jan67''MHLC-22-01-13 no post Jan67

ANGRY neighbours are demanding to know why Royal Mail has not been delivering their post for the past few days when private parcel firms and the milkman have all been battling through.

There are some 50 flats and homes in Archery Fields, off Bridge End in Warwick.

And while the post has been delivered to houses in Bridge End, which has been gritted, Royal Mail say that the ungritted Archery Fields is not safe for their posties to walk along.

Resident David Howells, of Archery Fields, said: “It must be three or even four days now that we haven’t received any post.

“When one of my neighbours enquired he was told it was on health and safety grounds and that we would have to pick up our letters from the sorting depot.

“I find this absurd. Of course there’s snow on the ground - scarcely a new feature in the winter. But to cancel deliveries for three successive days is a ridiculous over-reaction when other delivery services, like milkman and varius private 
delivery agents, have arrived as normal.

“Royal Mail does not seem to have much regard for its customers.

“You’d think they would seek to cultivate goodwill at a time like this - instead their reaction suggests the opposite.

“I know my neighbours also feel very strongly about this issue and have been trying to contact the man responsible for this decision - in most cases without success.”

Royal Mail spokesman Mike Norman said: “We 
apologise to customers who are experiencing delays to their deliveries in the Warwick area as a result of the severe winter weather conditions there.

“A range of measures have been put in place to ensure deliveries reach people as quickly as possible.

“We are doing our utmost to ensure continued deliveries, but it may not be possible to do so everywhere because of the weather.”

● THE HEAD of Myton School has paid tribute to his “brilliant” site caretakers who spent up to ten hours shovelling snow and gritting in a bid to make the grounds accessible to students.

Despite all the hard work by the team of three caretakers plus two facilitators, the 27-acre site had to remain closed on Monday to all but about 50 AS-level and GCSE students who were due to sit exams.

Paul MacIntyre said: “The site team were brilliant and we were able to hold the exams in classrooms rather than the very cold school hall.

“If any student hadn’t been able to make it we would have let them do the exams again but in fact the site team shifted tonnes of snow and gritted icy access roads so that those who needed to come in were able to do so.

“We desperately don’t want to lose learning opportunities and so were very reluctant to close the school early on Friday afternoon. I was there at midday on Sunday and again at 6.30pm to check the situation. But when I went back at 5.30am on Monday, despite the efforts of the brilliant team, the site was not safe enough for our 1,600 pupils.”