On his annual Christmas visit to Blackpool Delivery Office, Gordon has praised local postal workers for the hard work and dedication they put in throughout the year.
Now at their new base on Faraday Way after the move from Edward Street during the autumn, Gordon met with both management and the staff to wish them a Happy Christmas and also find out how they were settling in.
Speaking after his early morning visit, Gordon said: “I was pleased to be able to chat with our local postal workers - they do a tremendous job, sometimes in very difficult weather conditions and I wanted to thank them for all the hard work they do for us, all around the year and especially at Christmas time.”
Prior to the move to Faraday Way, Gordon wrote to Royal Mail and Blackpool Council’s Planning department about the application and raised the issues of signage and access to the general public, especially elderly and disabled people – an issue he again raised with the management on Saturday.
He said: “The new facilities are a big improvement on the previous Delivery Office in the town centre. From chatting to a number of our posties, they are much happier with the set up at Faraday Way and they explained how it allows them to be much more effective and efficient in their job.
“However it's clear there remain issues about inadequate signage for the public entrance - something both managers and staff mentioned - as well as over access for disabled and older customers and also staff who don't have a car and especially those coming from South Shore and central Blackpool. The bus stop currently falls some way short of the Faraday Way depot.
“I was glad managers acknowledged these issues - they are ones I hope can start to be addressed in the New Year.”
The centre, which employs around 260 people, expects to handle around 250,000 items of mail a day during the run-up to Christmas.