ACTION DESK: Rain stops post for firms

Accountant Amanda Henwood outside her office in South Parade, Doncaster where a postman slipped when the pavement was wet.
Accountant Amanda Henwood outside her office in South Parade, Doncaster where a postman slipped when the pavement was wet.
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THE Royal Mail has been criticised for suspending wet weather deliveries to 29 businesses in Doncaster after a postie slipped over in the rain.

Within 24 hours of the incident on South Parade, Royal Mail bosses had conducted a health and safety assessment and delivered numerous letters citing the ‘unacceptable’ danger from moss and algae.

But firms are angry claiming the ‘ridiculous’ delivery ban will hit business. Accountant Amanda Henwood is one of several who have appealed, claiming the pavement outside her building is clean, flat and safe.

She said: “It’s a complete joke, I don’t know how I’m expected to run a business with this level of service. There is no danger. The postman parks near my front door and has to cross a pavement.

“There are no steps and certainly no moss and algae.”

Amanda said the speedy 24-hour decision was in complete contrast to the time it took to obtain underpaid items held by Royal Mail – a common occurrence due to clients putting standard stamps on the new large envelopes.

The average was five weeks, although one took three months, she said.

A Royal Mail spokeswoman said a postman broke his shoulder in the fall – which came after they had complained about the surface to Doncaster Council.

She said: “This is a last resort. We can’t have staff breaking bones on unsafe surfaces. Customers can to collect their mail from Doncaster Delivery Office. We know this is inconvenient and we apologise, but the safety of our staff is paramount.”

But Gill Gillies, of Doncaster Council said: “Our highways officer has checked the full footway and there are no defects which require attention.”