By Audlem Webteam - 28th January 2011 7:12am
We make no apologies for continuing our coverage of the Royal Mail's failures to deliver. It isn't just about Christmas cards as these comments from the Audlem Online Chatbox show.
Markie says: "More Royal Mail woes to report, the worst of which is a business cheque posted in mid December taking 36 days to reach the bank via First Class post. This has not only created a significant cash flow issue for my business, but also major embarrassment with clients.
"I'm now looking at alternative options to Royal Mail which is a real shame as it ultimately could impact on our wonderful delivery personnel in the village."
Kingbur adds; "The awful postal service has cost us £45 on the first occasion. We were taking a claim through County Court, and posted the papers several days before the deadline required if we were to proceed to the next stage.
"Good old Royal Mail lost the envelope, so we were out of time. It's now costing us another £45 fee to re-institute proceedings. That's on top of two cheques for nearly £300 sent on 14th December to our bank branch for paying into our account that also were lost. We still haven't received replacements, though we are hoping for them shortly.
"Then there were the dozen or so Christmas cards received during the first three weeks of January, the longest taking 38 days to travel about fifty miles."
Chris Lewis probably sums up the feelings of many when they see a public service falling apart. He says: "The new Canadian chief executive officer will not be concerned at the worst Christmas mail (over 1/3 of our Christmas cards posted before 22/12 arrived after 27/12) as the custom seems to be in this country that the greater the mess made, the greater the bonus or the pay off.
"Many examples spring to mind but Railtrack and some hospital managers have walked away with huge sums. Those that are conscientious are never praised and usually leave with the traditional carriage clock!"
Increasingly, this scandal isn't just about delayed mail — it's also about lost mail.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
An in-depth under-cover operation by your tireless AoL investigative team found that all three village pubs were open on schedule today for the first time in many weeks.The Bridge Inn, the Shroppie Fly and the Lord Combermere are all expecting to welcome back thirsty customers within the limits allowed by social distancing.In fact it was very quiet at 12 noon, and Peter, who lives on a Canal...
Illegal parking continues causing problems at Kingbur Place. Offenders keep blocking the entrance to Kingbur Place which is not only annoying but also highly dangerous. A situation arising where emergency services need to access residents living there and are blocked from doing so could have serious consequences.Offenders parking their vehicles there also make it impossible to get a clear...
Audlem Festival of Transport 2020It will be no surprise to you all that this year we are unable to stage our annual Audlem Festival of Transport following government guidelines. We are disappointed but your safety will always be our priority.Next year we will be back with both the Party on the Park and the Festival of Transport when we will be able to party in style and celebrate emerging...
Saturday 4th Jul
Methodist Meeting Rooms