A VILLAGE delivery office is to close despite opposition from more than 1,000 residents.
Royal Mail has decided to shut the facility attached to Ketton post office and relocate its four staff to the sorting office in Orton Southgate, Peterborough, at the end of April.
The company says the move will increase efficiency in the face of declining mail volumes. It was also looking to close the delivery office in Easton-on-the-Hill, but decided to keep it open.
But Ketton postmaster George Angus thinks closing the delivery office will impact both customers and staff.
He said: “We are bitterly disappointed with the decision that Royal Mail have come to. I can’t understand why Easton-on-the-Hill gets a reprieve and Ketton doesn’t.
“We got more than 1,000 signatures on a petition that our customers have rallied around. Various people have written to Rutland MP Alan Duncan but sadly to no avail.
“The concern for the people of Ketton is whether or not the service suffers because of it. We were told the service wouldn’t suffer when the delivery office at Stamford closed but it is now later than it ever has been. I can only see it getting worse.”
The Communication Workers’ Union has vowed to fight the closure on behalf of the delivery staff at the office, all four of whom live in Ketton but will have to travel more than 30 miles to Peterborough and back twice every day when the office closes.
Ketton Parish Council chairman Coun Glenis Southern has spoken to the union and will write to Royal Mail about the closure.
She said: “There has been no consultation period full stop. I strongly object to anything that chips away at the basis of village life.”
Rutland MP Alan Duncan said he had written to Royal Mail about the delivery office closure.