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‘Red letter day’ for Ashton’s Royal Mail Delivery Office
Monday 3rd July 2017 @ 16:46 by Lee Wild
Ashton News

Plans to save the Royal Mail Delivery Office have been given the ‘stamp’ of approval following a campaign by two of Tameside’s MP’s.

In August of last year it was reported that the office was set to close, with staff relocated to the Oldham branch.

However a campaign headed up by Ashton MP Angela Rayner and Stalybridge & Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has seen the site saved.

Under proposed plans, residents would’ve had to travel to Oldham to collect and drop off mail, but now almost a year later the Royal Mail have reversed the plans to shut it.

A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “After careful consideration and consultation, we have decided not to proceed with this merger at this point in time.  The Ashton-Under-Lyne Delivery Office will remain at its current site.”

Angela Rayner MP was delighted with the decision and said it shows the importance of local services: “The announcement that Ashton delivery office has been saved is fantastic news to my constituents.

“This office is popular and used by so many local people who will now be able to continue using this facility. The campaign was supported by fellow Tameside MP Jonathan Reynolds, CWU trade union, Tameside Council, Ashton Councillors and of course the public.

“It shows just how much our local services are supported by those who use them, as the local MP l am very pleased with the outcome in what was a long campaign to save the office.”

Hyde & Stalybridge MP Jonathan Reynolds was also delighted to see the service retained and said: “I’m delighted that to learn that after a successful campaign led by myself and my parliamentary neighbour, the brilliant Angela Rayner MP, Royal Mail have confirmed that Ashton sorting office is now safe from closure.

“This is such a vital and well used service. The proposed idea to send Stalybridge and Mossley residents all the way to Oldham to collect their mail was shocking, and I’m thrilled that Royal Mail have seen sense.

“Thousands of people signed mine and Angela’s petition; thank you all for making your voices heard, and thank you Royal Mail for listening.

“This is a great example of how communities and representatives can club together and stand up for their area.”