POSTAL workers and residents are furious at Royal Mail plans to move a Princes Risborough delivery office to near Wendover, a move they say will lead to a disrupted postal service and possibly job losses.
Last week, campaigners handed a petition bearing more than 3,500 signatures to the Royal Mail HQ in London, in protest against the closure of the Princes Risborough building.
Three postal workers who are also retained as firefighters by Bucks Fire and Rescue Service, are concerned that lives could be put at risk if they have to travel further to a fire from the new site.
The delivery office in Bell Street, has already been sold by the Royal Mail, which now plans to move the office to the Triangle business park.
Former mayor of Princes Risborough Alan Turner, who represents the Risboroughs on Wycombe District Council, travelled with more than 50 people on a coach to present the petition to the Royal Mail.
The protestors then marched with placards along the Thames to the House of Commons, where they met with Speaker John Bercow MP.
Mr Turner said: “If the office
moves to Wendover, the postal
workers will have to travel further, rounds will be merged, delivery times could be later or even postponed until the next day and there may be job losses.”
Mr Turner said that campaigners are negotiating for the new office to be on the Regent Park industrial estate in Princes Risborough.
Royal Mail spokesman Valerie Antoine said she expects ‘most’ jobs to stay and denied that the move will compromise deliveries.
“A decision will be made shortly as we currently plan to relocate to Aylesbury Vale in the summer,” she added.