Saturday, 23rd August 2014

Sorting office axe ‘will hit economy’

Shrewsbury’s economy will be damaged for future generations with multi-national companies choosing elsewhere to relocate, if the town’s sorting office is axed, it has been claimed.

A motion has been submitted to Shropshire Council and Shrewsbury Town Council urging all members to oppose Royal Mail’s plans which threaten 162 jobs at the Castle Foregate site, which has been processing mail since 1880.

The motion, which will be on the next full council meeting agenda, says: “This council condemns the proposals to close the Royal Mail sorting office which will result in work being relocated outside the county and the Mid Wales area.

“We fear that the loss of so many jobs, associated investment and the business related to the sorting office will be a further significant blow to the overall economic wellbeing of Shrewsbury.”

And council leaders claimed the town will find it harder to attract businesses if postal times are hit.

Jon Tandy, Shropshire councillor for Bayston Hill, Column and Sutton, said: “It will have a great impact on future companies coming to Shrewsbury to trade. Is a big company going to relocate to Shrewsbury as they’re invariably going to want a mail centre pretty close? The most likely answer is no.”

Councillor Alan Mosley, for Castlefields and Ditherington, said: “Any new businesses will be looking at services provided and if the postal service is better elsewhere then this could be a significant disadvantage for future investment.”

Royal Mail says the move was due to ‘challenges from digital communication, competition and mail volume decline’.