Addiscombe Labour Councillors vow to continue campaign to make Royal Mail provide a parcel collection office in Croydon Town Centre.
At December’s Croydon Council planning committee, members supported the recommendations from Council Planning Officers to approve Royal Mail’s plan to build a 25 Storey Skyscraper, containing over 200 flats. This means Royal Mail can now close down the Parcel Collection Office and local residents will now have to travel to Factory Lane to pick up parcels.
Addiscombe Councillor Sean Fitzsimons spoke against the officers’ recommendations and asked the committee to either defer the decision to allow time for more negotiation with Royal Mail, or turn it down on grounds that lack of a parcel collection office was detrimental to local residents and that it was better to have the site used for employment.
Although the Planning Committee has effectively given the go ahead for Royal Mail to close the current office, local councillors will still argue for Royal Mail to provide a parcel collection office in the Town Centre, as the new site at Factory Lane is difficult to get to from many parts of Croydon, and will add an extra hour to Residents journeys to pick up a parcel.