Royal Mail Delivery Office to move to Parkside?

The campaign to stop the Royal Mail delivery office move to Armley has taken a new twist with the trade union proposing an alternative move.

Holbeck Delivery Office, New Princess Street. Photo: Jeremy Morton

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) is due to meet Royal Mail bosses on Wednesday (30 January 2018) for a final consultation meeting about Royal Mail’s plans to close the Holbeck office at New Princess Street. Under the Royal Mail’s proposals, the Holbeck office would merge with the city office which is located behind the Harley Davison dealership on Wellington Road, off the Armley Gyratory system in LS12.

The union will be presenting a nine page document setting out the problems it foresees both for its members and for the public of LS11 attempting to collect letters and parcels from the office. The document also details opposition from local Councillors and Hilary Benn MP, who raised the issue in Parliament.

The CWU has also suggested a counter proposal. Instead of merging Holbeck and City offices, it suggests merging the Holbeck and Hunslet delivery offices, which cover the LS11 and LS10 postcodes respectively. They suggest a merged office could be located on Parkside Industrial estate, off Dewsbury Road near the fire station.

They suggest that a Parkside office would be more accessible for residents across all parts of LS10 and LS11 and it would be possible to ensure enough parking space for the public as well as staff and the red van fleet. Currently both the New Princess Street office and the Hunslet office on West Grange Drive suffer from a lack of customer parking.

Commenting on the CWU’s proposal, Cllr Angela Gabriel said:

“As Councillors we would support this suggestion, but it needs scoping out and we need make sure that Holbeck residents are not disadvantaged by this move.

“We are arranging to meet with Royal Mail to express our opposition to their plan. It would be a shame to lose this service from Holbeck.”

There’s still time to add your signature to the CWU petition opposing the closure online here:


One Reply to “Royal Mail Delivery Office to move to Parkside?”

  1. With regards to the article in South Leeds Life about the potential merger of Holbeck and West Grange Delivery Office, why is it always assumed that people collecting parcels, letters etc use a car? Many people walk to the West Grange Delivery Office – I break my journey to collect any undelivered post – but wouldn’t be able to do this if it is moved to Parkside Lane. There has been a Delivery Office on West Grange Drive for as long as I can remember, it is convenient for the residents of Belle Isle, Hunslet and Middleton and should continue to provide the service to those residents.

    It is not always possible to rearrange a delivery because I work full time, so leaving for work a few minutes early suits me and potentially many other local people.

    In the article Cllr Angela Gabriel says that councillors will make sure that Holbeck residents are not disadvantaged by the move, I hope the councillors for Hunslet, Belle Isle and Middleton speak up and make sure that their constituents are not disadvantaged too and oppose the merger.

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