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MP backs campaign to keep postie in Wansford

Youngsters  Jodi and Rebecca O'Sullivan with George Weed (centre) together with locals from Wansford with a 400+ petition to get back their Postie Martha Powell who has been transferred to Wittering. EMN-140723-153540009

Youngsters Jodi and Rebecca O'Sullivan with George Weed (centre) together with locals from Wansford with a 400+ petition to get back their Postie Martha Powell who has been transferred to Wittering. EMN-140723-153540009

An MP has thrown his weight behind Wansford residents’ fight to keep their popular postie.

North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara has called on Royal Mail to “reconsider its decision” to relocate Martha Powell.

Royal Mail wants to move Ms Powell from Wansford, where she has been post woman for 14 years, to Wittering, with just 20 months left to her retirement. A petition, calling on the company not to transfer Martha now has 527 signatures.

Mr Vara has written to Ms Moya Greene, chief executive of Royal Mail. He said: “It is clear that Martha Powell is very well valued and after 14 years of loyal service to Wansford and its residents she is well known.

“Postal workers like Martha do more than just deliveries. They often look in on vulnerable residents and their local knowledge can assist in the prevention of crime by spotting suspicious behaviour. This petition shows a groundswell of public opinion in favour of retaining Martha and I hope Royal Mail will reconsider its decision.”

Residents plan to present their petition to Darren Stanton, collection and delivery sector manager at Royal Mail’s Peterborough Mail Centre, in Papyrus Road on Friday.

Elin Styles, campaigner and resident said: “We feel really disappointed. Royal Mail has not given us a valid reason why, with little more than 18 months to go to her retirement, Martha is being moved.

“We feel it’s unjust and unreasonable to move her from an area that she has looked after brilliantly for 14 years.”

 

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