Greengates residents angry at no post for two weeks

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Greengates residents angry at no post for two weeks Greengates residents angry at no post for two weeks

Royal Mail has come under fire from residents who say they have had no post for two weeks.

A clutch of residents living in Flower Garth, in Greengates, have spoken of their frustration at the lengthy disruption to their postal delivery.

Husband and wife, Irene, 70, and Brian Metcalf, 77, are concerned they have missed important letters, including one with details of a hospital appointment for Mr Metcalf.

Mrs Metcalf said: “I rang up last Thursday and they said the delay was down to the adverse weather conditions and because of health and safety issues.

“We’ve had groceries delivered no problem and people have been going in and out to work so I can’t understand it.

“We were waiting for a letter with details of a hospital appointment for my husband and after it didn’t arrive we had to ring the hospital to find out when it was.

“So we have missed an important letter and we are still waiting for post to come. I rang again on Monday and have had no response. It is health and safety gone mad.”

Neighbouring couple Robert and Barbara Burns said they had experienced the same problems and echoed the concerns of Mr and Mrs Metcalf.

Royal Mail said the delays were caused as a result of the heavy snowfall which hit the country over the past two weeks. This made it difficult to carry out the regular deliveries in areas of Bradford, including Flower Garth.

Felicity MacFarlane, a Royal Mail spokesman, said: “Full postal deliveries resumed yesterday at some addresses in Bradford’s BD10 postcode area, including Flower Garth Gardens, Greengates, and all outstanding mail has been delivered.

“Royal Mail apologises to customers in that area as we had been unable to deliver to some addresses over the last week due to adverse weather conditions.”

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11:28am Wed 30 Jan 13

Biker71 says...

Is it just me or does " Health and Safety " come up a lot in the same paragraphs as the words " Royal Mail "?

In these times of austerity, surely being austere with the truth isn't part of it? The truth is that the Royal Mail are lazy jobsworths who do the minimum possible to keep their jobs and 'Elf 'n safety is a wonderful cop out to do naff all and still get paid. Maybe the Royal Mail should employ H&S officers who actually understand both the law and the PRINCIPLE of the law, then they might actually get somewhere...
Is it just me or does " Health and Safety " come up a lot in the same paragraphs as the words " Royal Mail "? In these times of austerity, surely being austere with the truth isn't part of it? The truth is that the Royal Mail are lazy jobsworths who do the minimum possible to keep their jobs and 'Elf 'n safety is a wonderful cop out to do naff all and still get paid. Maybe the Royal Mail should employ H&S officers who actually understand both the law and the PRINCIPLE of the law, then they might actually get somewhere... Biker71
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11:50am Wed 30 Jan 13

June Oh says...

H&S for two weeks?
H&S for two weeks? June Oh
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11:53am Wed 30 Jan 13

markjoe says...

Why don't the royal mail invest in some snow & ice grippers for their staff therefore no excuses, I was using them the past week and there great, you don't have to worry about whether the surface is icy.

It seems to me that they are hiding behind this H&S issue far too much
Why don't the royal mail invest in some snow & ice grippers for their staff therefore no excuses, I was using them the past week and there great, you don't have to worry about whether the surface is icy. It seems to me that they are hiding behind this H&S issue far too much markjoe
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12:03pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Albion. says...

Yet another let-down from Royal Mail, the private couriers must be lapping it up.
Yet another let-down from Royal Mail, the private couriers must be lapping it up. Albion.
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2:24pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Not so simple says...

What a load of dribble.

During the war as German V2s dropped all over the show...the postman never missed a post. Now a little weather sends a chill up their spines.

Health and safety has gone beyond a joke
What a load of dribble. During the war as German V2s dropped all over the show...the postman never missed a post. Now a little weather sends a chill up their spines. Health and safety has gone beyond a joke Not so simple
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3:17pm Wed 30 Jan 13

mad matt says...

So supermarket deliveries were not interrupted, and people were coming and going as normal but Royal Mail AGAIN have managed to use H&S as an excuse for not doing the job they are paid to do.

Is it still a serious offence to wantonly delay Her Majesty's mail - it certainly used to be?
So supermarket deliveries were not interrupted, and people were coming and going as normal but Royal Mail AGAIN have managed to use H&S as an excuse for not doing the job they are paid to do. Is it still a serious offence to wantonly delay Her Majesty's mail - it certainly used to be? mad matt
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