Royal Mail’s Parcel Collection Office used to be in their Sorting Office next to East Croydon station, easily accessible by public transport and particularly convenient for those commuting up to London each day.
They decided to dispose of this building after getting planning permission to turn it into flats with a small supermarket on the ground floor. So far, so good: the building is an eyesore and could certainly do with being redeveloped.
However despite protests from local councillors and myself, they moved the Parcel Collection Office to the Wandle Park Trading Estate on Factory Lane. It is difficult to think of a less appropriate location - it’s virtually inaccessible for anyone who doesn’t own a car and it’s not even that easy to park there. I’ve had lots of complaints from residents who have missed an important delivery and have then had to pay for a taxi to go and get it.
So I’ve decided to try to do something about it. I’m launching a petition to try to get Royal Mail to see sense. I’m all in favour of them redeveloping the building next to East Croydon station, but they need to find a town centre location for the Parcel Collection Office. You can sign the petition here at www.gavinbarwell.com/parcelcollectionoffice.
Croydon Council launched a survey to find out the impact the service change is having on the area. You can respond by visiting: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XY5KQYY