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Droylsden Royal Mail delivery office saved
Thursday 11th August 2016 @ 07:00 by Nigel Skinner
Ashton Droylsden News

The future of Droylsden’s Royal Mail delivery office has been saved following a campaign and petition by thousands of residents.

Now the same action might be needed to secure the future of the Ashton delivery office.

Local Labour Councillors in Droylsden teamed up with Communication Workers Union (CWU) members and officials to launch the campaign, backed by thousands of local residents who showed their support by adding their names to a petition calling for the closure to be halted.

The Droylsden office was on a list of sites earmarked for proposed  closure by Royal Mail earlier this year.

The plans, if implemented, would have seen the locally-based sorting, delivery and collection services moved out of Droylsden town centre to an industrial estate in Ardwick.

Upon hearing of the threatened closure Droylsden Labour Councillors sprung in to action.

Working with the local branch of the CWU, the team, led by Droylsden East Councillor and Tameside Council Leader, Cllr Kieran Quinn, launched the petition against the closure and wrote to Royal Mail Chief Executive, Moya Green, to protest.

The petition was featured in Droylsden Labour Party’s regular newsletter ‘The Voice’, which is delivered to more than 4,000 homes in the area and went viral online via Twitter and Facebook.

Thousands of signatures later their efforts have paid off, with Royal Mail scrapping plans to close the Craven Street office.

Cllr Quinn welcomed the news.

“The response and support from local residents on this issue was overwhelming, though I’d expect nothing less,” he said.

“This is a vital community asset and we couldn’t stand by and just let this well-used delivery office close.”

Claire Drummond, the local Droylsden CWU rep added: “This is great news for Droylsden.

“The decision to keep the office open protects jobs in the local area and provides a vital local service for local people.

“The CWU will continue to work hard to maintain local offices such as this one.”

The CWU said the support of local councillors had been invaluable was invaluable in securing the result.

Royal Mail has stated that they still intend to proceed with the review of their property and so local Labour Councillors have pledged to remain on alert for any further plans for closures that may come forward.

The recent announcement over the future of the Ashton delivery office has already prompted the town’s MP Angela Rayner to organise talks with Cllr Quinn and the CWU in a bid to save its services.