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Anger as Maryport sorting office faces closure threat

Plans are being considered to close Maryport’s mail sorting office.

It means that townsfolk and people living in nearby villages may be forced to travel to Workington to pick up undelivered mail and parcels.

If the proposal goes ahead, 23 workers would be transferred from the Solway Industrial Trading Estate depot to an expanded unit at Workington’s Derwent Howe.

Royal Mail said last night that its review of delivery options in Maryport was at the beginning and no decisions had been made.

Spokeswoman Felicity MacFarlane said that declining letter numbers and increasing parcel volumes meant the company needed to constantly review how it managed its operations.

She added: “As part of our business-wide transformation, we are undertaking one of the biggest modernisation programmes in UK industry.

“The consolidation of our delivery operations is a commercial decision and will play a major part in placing the business on a stable footing for the future.”

A decision is likely to be made later this year.

Ms McFarlane said there would be no public consultation as it was a commercial decision.

But, she added, it will carry out a study and have discussions with unions that represent workers at the site.

Staff, unions and the Royal Mail have now entered into a 12-week review, said Dean Ferguson, area delivery representative for the Communications Workers Union.

He said: “We only heard about this on Friday and we need to know more.

“We have been told, though, that all jobs are safe.”

Maryport mayor Peter Kendall said he was shocked by Royal Mail’s proposal to move the sorting office.

He added: “It’s complete nonsense.

“The delivery office is well used, not only by people picking up undelivered parcels but by many local businesses who wanted their mail early in the day.”

Coun Kendall said that Maryport, the second largest town in the Allerdale council district, was being shabbily treated.

He said: “We have a population of around 16,000 people here. Why should they have to go to Workington to get a decent service?

"As a council, we will be trying our best to stop this idea from ever coming to fruition.”

It was revealed last month that Maryport’s Job Centre would close in June.

Meanwhile, Sean Parnaby, managing director of town windows and doors firm West Port, said he was being offered a new site at Lillyhall, Workington, because new premises could not be found in Maryport for his business to expand.

The future of Maryport’s town hall and police station is also uncertain.

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I lived in maryport up to the age of 19 and grew up there. I go back now on occasions to visit relatives that still live there and to be honest it depresses me to see it go from a bustling town to a ghost town. Maryport has a council not in touch with its townsfolk. Maryport doesn't need more housing. It needs a complete town centre redevelopment I.e knock the whole lot down cos the buildings are skanky and run down. Perhaps attracting some big supermarkets having a shopping centre a cinema restaurants and pubs would revive the town and attract people to the town. Also the promenade needs completely refurbished then people may enjoy using it more. Maryport has nothing to attract people to it so what is the point in building more homes? I hold no punches in saying get rid of the old farts running the town council and get some fresh blood in with a fresher perspective. Have more things for younger people to do like having a bowling alley and cinema. None of these suggestions will ever happen whilst the town has old farts out of touch with the community running the town. Rant over. If people dont like what I have said....tough...its the truth.

Posted by martin on 22 February 2013 at 10:37

I lived in maryport up to the age of 19 and grew up there. I go back now on occasions to visit relatives that still live there and to be honest it depresses me to see it go from a bustling town to a ghost town. Maryport has a council not in touch with its townsfolk. Maryport doesn't need more housing. It needs a complete town centre redevelopment I.e knock the whole lot down cos the buildings are skanky and run down. Perhaps attracting some big supermarkets having a shopping centre a cinema restaurants and pubs would revive the town and attract people to the town. Also the promenade needs completely refurbished then people may enjoy using it more. Maryport has nothing to attract people to it so what is the point in building more homes? I hold no punches in saying get rid of the old farts running the town council and get some fresh blood in with a fresher perspective. Have more things for younger people to do like having a bowling alley and cinema. None of these suggestions will ever happen whilst the town has old farts out of touch with the community running the town. Rant over. If people dont like what I have said....tough...its the truth.

Posted by martin on 22 February 2013 at 10:36

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