The Royal Mail has announced the restoration of local sorting of local-to-local mail on the the Argyll islands.
Royal Mail has blamed a ‘temporary error’ [which must be a recurring error since they suffered the same aberration in 2001], which they claim to have ‘rectified’ and have confirmed that local mail on the islands will be sorted locally once again.
Earlier this week, Argyll and Bute’s MSP, Michael Russell, wrote to Royal Mail to protest about what he described as a ‘ludicrous’ decision to send all mail from the islands to Glasgow for sorting, thus delaying some mail by several days.
Tonight, commenting on the issue and the outcome, Mr Russell says: ‘I am very pleased that common sense has prevailed in this matter. Royal Mail provide a good service to my constituents but this would have considerably worsened delivery times in fragile rural areas and would have had an effect on jobs and the quality of life.
‘Whatever the reason for the problem the speedy restoration of local sorting for local mail will be welcomed by all those who live and work on the islands.’
Royal Mail management is to be congratulated for its speedy recognition of the practical reality this ‘temporary error’ would needlessly have inflicted on islanders.