Mail Dis­or­der No post de­liv­ered to fed-up lo­cals at St Cather­ine’s Sq

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Clark

Res­i­dents at a Perth city cen­tre block of flats have hit out af­ter Royal Mail re­fuses to de­liver their post amid what has been de­scribed as “se­cu­rity con­cerns”.

Kevin McMil­lan from Saint Cather­ine’s Square says the res­i­dents there have not re­ceived any mail for over a week be­cause Royal Mail re­fuses to go in the build­ing to drop off items.

Pre­vi­ously, the post was de­liv­ered into black boxes out­side the block of flats, but last week these were re­moved be­cause they were deemed too dam­aged to use.

The res­i­dents still have let­ter­boxes on their front door.

St Cather­ine’s Square res­i­dents Jan­ice Speedie, Matthew Martin and Kevin McMIl­lan

Kevin said: “Ev­ery per­son has the right to have their mail de­liv­ered.

“I un­der­stand St Cather­ine’s Square has a bad name at the mo­ment.

“We used to have a black box for mail on the wall down­stairs be­cause, two years ago, the postie found some­one on the floor with nee­dles

so she re­fuses to go up and down the stairs.

“They have taken all the boxes down now. But she is re­fus­ing to go up and down the stairs. She only goes to the doors on the ground floor.

“If you go down the stairs to her, she will give you your mail if you ask.

“She never came this week at all. There are peo­ple with heroin is­sues here, and she said she was ‘sick of step­ping over them’ in front of them, which is very dis­re­spect­ful.”

Mr Macmil­lan ex­plained the con­se­quences of not re­ceiv­ing a di­rect postal ser­vice could be more se­ri­ous than peo­ple re­alise.

He added: “There are peo­ple in here with men­tal health prob­lems and learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in a vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tion.

“If they are sup­posed to go to a meet­ing they can for­get un­less they get a let­ter to re­mind them, and that could mean they have their ben­e­fits stopped.

“If you don’t get your bill, you could be charged, there are mil­lions of dif­fer­ent things that could hap­pen.

“If they miss a court let­ter and then don’t turn up to court, they could get ar­rested. It is quite se­ri­ous.”

A spokesper­son for Royal Mail con­firmed: “Due to se­ri­ous con­cerns raised by our post­woman de­liv­er­ing to St Cather­ine’s Square, we are at the mo­ment not de­liv­er­ing to all ad­dresses. We are de­liv­er­ing where we can and where it is safe for our peo­ple to do so.

“We apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience caused to res­i­dents, but the se­cu­rity of our peo­ple is para­mount to Royal Mail.

“Cus­tomers can pick up mail at the de­liv­ery of­fice in the mean­time if they haven’t had de­liv­er­ies. We will be car­ry­ing out an­other health and safety re­view of the Square in the very near fu­ture.”

The spokesper­son added: “Pre­vi­ously, we were de­liv­er­ing to a bank of post­boxes but these are longer in use be­cause they have been van­dalised. In the past we have also de­liv­ered to a se­cure cen­tral point.”

A Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “We be­came aware that res­i­dents and ten­ants of St Cather­ine’s Square in Perth were not re­ceiv­ing their mail through their in­di­vid­ual mail­box.

“To sup­port the de­liv­ery of their mail, we in­stalled in­di­vid­ual mail­boxes at the bot­tom of each stair­well.

“Fol­low­ing feed­back from res­i­dents and ten­ants that these mail­boxes were no longer be­ing used, we took the de­ci­sion to re­move them so that the nor­mal mail de­liv­ery ser­vice could re­sume.”


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