Campaign saves sorting office

General View of Chatteris sorting office
General View of Chatteris sorting office

CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating after Royal Mail announced a U-turn on the closure of Chatteris sorting office.

After plans to close the sorting office were announced last summer, there was uproar in the market town, with many residents unhappy with the proposed move.

Chatteris Town Council and the local branch of the Communications Workers Union (CWU), along with MP Steve Barclay, launched a campaign to fight the closure, but it seemed like a losing battle.

Following a public meeting in September, Royal Mail told the Citizen that none of the suggestions made met the company’s “business needs”.

So the news that plans to close the sorting office have been suspended for the foreseeable future have come as a welcome surprise.

Royal Mail spokesperson Sally Hopkins said: “We can confirm that Chatteris delivery office will remain open in its current premises for the foreseeable future.”

Residents will now not have to travel to March to collect their parcels. It is also welcome news for postal staff who faced a move from Chatteris.

Mr Barclay said: “A lot of hard work has gone into the campaign to save Chatteris sorting office, with intensive lobbying from a resident’s petition, Chatteris Town Council, myself and the CWU. It is excellent news that Royal Mail have now thrown out their plans and that our local campaign has had an effect.”

Andy Beeby, local chairperson for the CWU said: “I am absolutely delighted. A vital service has been saved and this is great news for the people of Chatteris. Thanks go to Steve Barclay MP for all his help and support on this campaign, as well as to the town council. It just goes to show what can be done when the community comes together.”