Royal Mail has given 5 days notice that the East Croydon Parcel Collection Office will relocate on Monday 24th March 2014 and move to their new office at Factory Lane.
Royal Mail has sent a letter out to all residents of CR0, CR2, CR7 and CR7 postcodes telling them the East Croydon Parcel Collection Office is moving on Monday 24th March and if they receive a “Something for you” card they will have to go to the new delivery office at Wandle Park Trading Estate, Factory Lane, CR0 3RL to pick up their parcels.
In their letter to customers Royal Mail says it has to make these change due to the growth of electronic communications, the need to modernise the way they operate and to improve their efficiency. They also state they want to improve the working conditions of their people, and the mail collection and car parking facilities for their customers will also be improved.
What Royal Mail hasn’t said that the real reason they are moving is they persuaded Croydon Council to support their move to Factory Lane so they could redevelop their East Croydon site for a 200 unit luxury housing development, which will net them many millions of pounds profit. Croydon Council and Royal Mail desire for upmarket housing has meant that thousands of Croydon residents will now have to go to Factory Lane, an area with notoriously poor public transport links to Central Croydon and the communities of Addiscombe, Shirley and New Addington. Royal Mail and Croydon Council seems to think that all these residents have cars, when the 2010 census shows that over half the households in Fairfield Ward, and over 40% of households in the Addiscombe Ward don’t have a car. Gavin Barwell MP must be regretting his enthusiastic support for this new development.
Royal Mail claims that you can ask for parcels to be redelivered free of charge to an alternative address in the same postcode area (assuming that you have one of these). Or you can pay a small fee for it to be delivered to a local Post Office. Either way, for many local residents, collecting your parcel will either be more complicated, time-consuming and ultimately environmentally more damaging, with thousands of more car trips each week to Factory Lane.
East Croydon Parcel Collection Office was always going to move someday soon, but it should have moved to the Town Centre, where it is most needed, not stuck out on some trading estate that most local people can’t reach very easily. Croydon Tories have been crowing recently about the number of luxury buy-to-let housing developments they have granted recently, but their desire for development at any price has meant that ordinary people have lost out again. The only winners of this development are Royal Mail, and the clear losers are the Croydon Public.