Local MP Bill Wiggin has met with representatives of the Royal Mail Group Ltd to discuss the future of postal services in Bromyard.

Following the announcement by Royal Mail in January that it would not be renewing its current lease on the Bromyard Business Park site, Bill Wiggin MP has been determined to safeguard the quality of postal services in our area. Equally as important, he has made clear his commitment to protecting the jobs of local postmen and women.

Bill, who held discussions with Senior External Relations Manager Richard Hall and Midlands Logistics Director Mike Eady at his office in Westminster, commented:

‘For many reasons Royal Mail is a very important part of British life. It provides employment for 193,000 people, delivers six days a week and, through its connection with the Post Office, constitutes a vital service for local communities across the country.

In light of this, it is entirely understandable that the transfer of operations to Delivery Offices in Hereford and Worcester has generated some anxiety. I commend those have stood up for Bromyard and its people.

I was today given assurances that there would be no detrimental effect on the quality or quantity of post services to families and businesses in the area. This is excellent news.

Crucially, I was delighted to hear that customers will still be able to collect packages locally, from Bromyard Post Office itself. Furthermore, no postmen or women will be losing their jobs.

Royal Mail stresses that the situation is a result of mechanisation – the company itself will benefit from improved efficiency and a more practical set up. Whilst it is always sad to see a site decommissioned, I am confident that this is change for the better.’