Royal Mail delivery office to close

ROYAL Mail is closing its Heckmondwike delivery office and moving work to Batley.

Work from the office, in Oldfield Lane, will relocate to Grange Valley Road, Batley, at least three miles away by August 31. The post office itself in Market Street is not affected.

Rumours the building was to be turned into a pub have been denied by JD Wetherspoons.

Royal Mail has blamed ‘declining mail volumes and increasingly tough trading conditions’ for the closure.

Tony Power, Royal Mail delivery sector manager, said: “We have been talking to our people about the move, as we must modernise our operations. The relocation of Heckmondwike is part of this, allowing us to place the business on a sound, secure and stable footing.

“Customers can be reassured that we will do all we can to minimise disruption and ensure we maintain the high level of service they expect and deserve from Royal Mail.”

He added that Royal Mail was confident the move would ‘provide improved working conditions, secure employment and a more cost effective operation’.

There will be no compulsory redundancies.

Mr Power said: “We appreciate this move will impact on customers. Heckmondwike customers who have been notified that they have an item of mail to collect will be able to collect these items from Batley delivery office.

“Customers who also wish to personally collect items such as PO Box mail, any items that require a signature, or surcharges/custom charges will be able to collect from Batley delivery office.

“Customers can also arrange a re-delivery free of charge.”

Current opening hours at Batley are 7am-noon Monday to Friday at 7am-10am on Saturday, but the hours will be increased once work from Heckmondwike is transferred.

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