Kidsgrove Post Office is offering to accept Kidsgrove residents parcels, should Royal Mail close the Butt Lane sorting office. Royal Mail are proposing to close the Butt Lane sorting office and transfer the work to the current more modern facility in Knutton, Newcastle-under-Lyme. The proposed of the Butt Lane sorting office has caused great debate amongst Kidsgrove residents about what the impact will be for Kidsgrove residents.
Now the post master at Kidsgrove Post Office, Desmond Wrenn has offered to accept parcels for residents which would avoid people having to make a round trip to the sorting office in Kutton. This gesture to Kidsgrove residents could actually be an excellent business opportunity for Kidsgrove Post Office, which evidently felt the effects of the pervoius Government in changing the way that benefits were paid and allowed online payments for many previously exclusive Post Office services.
This move by Kidsgrove Post Office may be welcomed by some, however it does seem an empty gesture for members of the Kidsgrove community who are in 9am-5pm employment. Storage of parcels at Kidsgrove Post Office would be pointless for these local residents as the sorting office facilities at Kutton are more likely to open longer hours than Kidsgrove Post Office. Royal Mail does also offer to redeliver parcels free of charge for missed collections, again a service many Kidsgrove may choose to take up.
Its clear that many Kidsgrove residents accept that change has to take place to the postal service, however many fear that moving from Butt Lane could have a real impact on the local economy.