The sight of people heading to Leytonstone’s Royal Mail sorting office clutching a “Sorry you were out” card has become familiar on Saturday mornings, since between 9am and lunchtime is the only time outside office hours that the collection office is open.
But from next week the car park at the office will be closed to the public. A sign in the office says it is “due to H&S and Yard RISK ASSESSMENT”.
With no options nearby for parking, this means Wanstead people will either have to walk, go by bus or Tube, or have someone wait in the car while they go and collect the item from the office. The area outside the office is clearly a no parking zone.
Theoretically there are other options for undelivered mail, such as a redelivery, or the item being left at a Post Office branch. But – anecdotally at least – it seems these are rarely used successfully because of difficulties in getting through on the phone line.
Many Wanstead residents will wonder whether it would be better for undelivered Wanstead mail to be routinely left at the Wanstead Post Office. Wansteadium will be writing to the Delivery Office Manager to make this suggestion.