Councillor Fitzsimons & Hay-Justice submit petitions with over 500 names to Croydon Council Planning Department

Last Friday Addiscombe Councillors* Sean Fitzsimons and Patricia Hay-Justice submitted petitions with over 500 local residents names to Croydon’s Planning Department objecting to Royal Mail’s planning application for East Croydon Sorting Centre and Parcel Collection Office .

Addiscombe Labour Party members and Croydon Central Candidate Sarah Jones

Addiscombe Labour Party members and Croydon Central Candidate Sarah Jones

Councillor Sean Fitzsimons said “the response of local people has been fantastic. Residents of Central Croydon will be seriously inconvenience by Royal Mail’s plans to move this Parcel Collection Office from East Croydon to the Wandle Trading Estate at Factor Lane. Royal Mail has failed to tell residents that they were intending to close this office, and they seems to believe that everyone has a car and don’t mind traipsing over to a trading estate to pick up their post.  The reality is most residents value the convenience of this office, as so many of them are without cars. Many others work in Croydon, or travel to and from East Croydon station, and pick up parcels from this office on the way.”

Addiscombe Councillors were also disappointed to hear from the hard working staff at the Parcel Collection Office about the mean spirited way that Royal Mail are treating them. Many of the current workers at East Croydon Sorting Office and Parcel Collection Office live locally. They are now expected to travel to the new building which doesn’t even have adequate staff accommodation. Hundreds of staff will be working on site and Royal Mail isn’t going to provide a canteen or kitchen for them, even though there is not much is the way of cafes or shops locally. When staff complained they were told by Royal Mail that they may provide vending machines. And Royal Mail have the gall to call their new site an improvement on the old.

It is clear that Royal Mail is only interested is maximising profit from the site, and getting planning permission from Croydon Council to build 200 homes will allow them to sell the site on to private developer for a tidy profit. The values of the new homes would be in total worth between £40 million and £50 million, which implies the site with planning permission will be worth many millions. It is strongly rumoured that Royal Mail already have a buyer in the wings and are desperate to get the planning permission agreed so they can sell on the site. This is why they have started to panic and send out emails extolling the scheme to all and sundry**. It is a pity that they couldn’t be bothered to consult on the closure of the parcel collection office earlier instead of relying on promoting a glitzy scheme, which they hope would seduce council officers, Tory councillors and local MP into supporting, something which they seemed to be succeeding at doing until Addiscombe Councillors intervened last month.

Addiscombe are resolute in their support of residents demands that Royal Mail provide a new Parcel Collection Office as part of their new development. Please continue to sign our petition. All signatures will be sent to Croydon Council and Royal Mail.

What can you do?

  • Sign our online petition
  • Tell Croydon Council you object to the Planning Application 13/03126/P
  • Write to Royal Mail and ask them to include a Parcel Collection in their plans
  • Write to your MP and Councillors and ask them to support this Campaign
  • Copy us in to your objections, emails and letters so we can make sure your voices are heard
  • Tell you friends and neighbours to object.

If you want to object to the planning application you should do it by writing to Croydon Council Planning Department at Planning & Environment Department, Taberner House Park Lane Croydon CR9 1JT and quote the ref number: 13/03126/P.

*Addiscombe Councillor Mark Watson is a member of the planning committee and is refraining from publicly commenting on this issue.
** Copy of Royal Mail email in next article

About Sean

Councillor for Addiscombe Ward, 1994-2006, re-elected in May 2010 along with Mark Watson and Patricia Hay-Justice. Since May 2014 Chair of Scrutiny. Lives locally in Addiscombe.
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