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Postman Safety Risk

Residents in Stoke-on-Trent are being forced to travel three miles to collect their post because uneven slabs outside their homes are considered a safety risk.

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Royal Mail had warned residents about a possible delivery suspension

The Royal Mail have suspended the delivery of mail in two roads in Stoke-on-Trent.

They say they had raised their concerns to residents as the local authority state that the responsibility for the pavements laid with the residents.

They have released this statement:

"It is always a last resort if we decide to temporarily suspend deliveries in a particular location."

"In this particular case, we have temporarily suspended deliveries to addresses in Maryfield Walk and Rogerstone Avenue area of Penkhull, Stoke on Trent, because of the very poor state of the pavements in the area."

"We previously raised our concerns with residents about the safety risk posed, having been informed by the local authority that the maintenance of the pavements was the responsibility of the residents, but to date these haven’t been addressed."

"We carried out a further risk assessment last week and the paving clearly posed a safety risk. We have a duty of care to our postmen and women, we are not prepared to compromise on the safety of our colleagues."

"Their mail is currently being made available for them to collect from the delivery office in Stoke-on-Trent."

– Val Bodden, Royal Mail spokesperson

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